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Students read an article about how to protect jaguars in the southwest United States. Individually, they write an essay about their views on the decision to not make parts of certain states a refuge for the animal. In groups, they role play the role of a perservationist and interview one another about the item they would want to hold on to. They also take pictures of different items in nature and create a collage.
To break down complex themes, discuss a sense of self, and learn a bit about Mayan culture, learners start through art analysis. They analyze a Mayan incense burner, discuss themes, and then write a short story that includes themes from discussion. Great pictures and a full two-day procedure make for a very nice lesson.
What on earth is that jar for? It was an ancient incense burner used by the Maya, that was inspired by the myth of the sun god. Young analysts hear the story of the Mayan sun god, analyze the story through the artistry in the jar, and then write a continuation of the ancient tale. Background information, images, and analysis notes are included.
Learners view the works of Maya Stela and explore the animals used in the sculpture. In this lesson, students act as animals and explorers searching for animals. Learners recall details of the sculpture. Students role play being jungle explorers and search for the jaguar and quetzal bird as well as other animals. Learners create jaguar headdresses.
Students listen to a teacher led lecture on jaguars, their habitats, and how they became endangered. Using a specified web site, they choose an endangered animal to research. After gathering information, students participate in activities such as creating a pamphlet, choosing a cause, graphing the causes of endangerment, designing situation cards, and reading and writing poems.
First graders investigate how the environment affects animals. In this animal habitats lesson, 1st graders simulate how a watershed works and the effect a watershed might have on an animal's habitat. Through the use of books, students study four particular species of animals found in the rainforest habitat.
Interested in a "how and why" story to read with young learners? In this storytelling lesson, readers will discuss sea creatures, focusing on practicing new terminology through retelling the story. This resource provides a list of extensions that can be applied to social studies, science, language arts, art, and math. You will need to purchase the story or find it elsewhere. Mike Lockett provides directions on how to find it on his website, which is listed on the bottom of the lesson.