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Prairie potholes are dips in the earth that contain water, which is vital to the survival of many prairie inhabitants, including the Mallard Duck. Middle schoolers analyze data on the disappearance of these potholes in relation to the mallard duck population. They are given several passages to read as well as several data tables that show changes to potholes, prairie lands, and duck breeding activity. They will create graphs that show each data table and then discuss the relationships they see through data analysis.
Sixth graders explore various waterfowl species and discover how duck stamps are used. After researching specific types of birds for a stamp competition, they draw the birds in various natural settings. Before sending the submissions, 6th graders display their work at a school art fair.
Make origami ducks with your class to reinforce geometry concepts and vocabulary; develop fine motor and visual translation skills; and enrich study of Japanese culture, the pond habitat, or migration. Create a whole group "worksheet" about shapes and symmetry with a word bank. Links to instructions for the duck folds are difficult to follow. Look online for other models and practice, practice, practice; you'll need to master the folds to support children during independent practice.
Students are introduced to how animals (and ourselves) cope with daily life. They discover that living things need certain conditions to survive. Students investigate how living things (including ourselves and a duck) have special features or adaptations that help them to survive.
First graders relate details in a photograph to the story Duck and Goose. In this literature connections lesson, 1st graders analyze an old photograph of a playground game, then listen to the story and relate the photo to the story. Students identify photos as taken long ago or recently based on details.
First graders observe pond life. In this animal lesson, 1st graders read Three Ducks Went Wandering, discuss how the animals react to each other and make a list of the animals found around the pond. Students view pictures of pond bugs, discuss the safety procedures when visiting a pond and take a walk at a nearby pond.