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Tammy Privette

Title of Unit

Georgia Habitats

Grade 3 Level Time Fram e


3 weeks

Curriculu Social Studies m Area

Stage 1 Identify Desired Results


Content Standards:
S3L1. Students will investigate the habitats of different organisms and the dependence of organisms on their habitat. a. Differentiate between habitats of Georgia (mountains, marsh/swamp, coast, Piedmont, Atlantic Ocean) and the organisms that live there. b. Identify features of green plants that allow them to live and thrive in different regions of Georgia. c. Identify features of animals that allow them to live and thrive in different regions of Georgia. d. Explain what will happen to an organism if the habitat is changed. ELA3W2 The student writes in a variety of genres, including narrative informational, persuasive, and response to literature. The student produces informational writing (e.g., procedures, report, correspondence) that: f. Uses a variety of resources (encyclopedia, Internet, books) to research and share information on a topic.

Understandings
Students will understand that: A habitat is a geographical region inhabited by particular animals and plants Georgia has 5 distinct habitats: mountain, piedmont, coast, marsh, and ocean. Plants and animals have adaptations that allow them to thrive in certain habitats but not in others Organisms in a habitat are interdependent on one another Related Misconceptions: A habitat is only geography and landforms.

The same plants and animals in one area of Georgia can be found throughout the state. Any plant or animal can adapt to any environment.

Essential Questions
Overarching Questions: How are certain plants and animals able to live in one area but not another? How are the habitats different from one another? Why are habitats important? What happens to an organism if the habitat is changed? Topical Questions: What habitats can be found in Georgia and what lives there? What adaptations allow particular plants and animals to live in their habitat?

Knowledge and Skills Knowledge


Students will know: What a habitat is The 5 regions of Georgia Examples of plants and animals in a particular region What features of a plant help them survive What adaptations of an animal help them survive The affects of changing an environment How an environment can be protected.

Skills
Students will be able to: Use a map to identify the 5 regions of Georgia Use the internet to locate information about Georgia Create a Power Point Open and save a file Download and save an image Utilize a graphic organizer to effectively organize information Write about a Georgia habitat

Evidence Performance Task(s)

Be sure to indicate:

Goal: (Facet 3: Application) A group of foreign students are coming to visit and want to le about Georgia. Your job is to be part of a group that will inform them about one of the ha Georgia. Role: Instructor Audience: (Facet 4: Perspective) Foreign exchange students. Situation: (Facet 1: Interpretation) You must find out about the habitat you will be presen Your presentation should include the plants, animals, landforms, location, and weather of habitat. Product Performance and Purpose: (Facet 2: Interpretation) Each team member will c (Facet 5: Empathy) Power Point slide showing location, physical description and weather, and adaptations, or plants and survival features. (Facet 6: Self-Knowledge) Each student complete a self-assessment of the knowledge gained from this project as well as their participation in the group presentation. Standards and Criteria for Success: Your presentation must educate others about the habitats of Georgia. As background for your presentation, you must use the following res encyclopedia, website, and a non-fiction book. Other resources may be necessary to com the project. Your presentation will be created using PowerPoint. You will present your presentation to the class in the role of educating foreign exchange students. In addition t presentation, each team member will create a visual display of their habitat. This may be poster, diorama, or other visual. Week 1 Day 1: Introduction

What is a Habitat: http://www.champaignschools.org/index2.php?header=./science/&file=ElementaryCurriculum/animalhabitats Watch Habitats: Homes for Living Things video TTW will introduce GA mini-book (Stack 1 sheet of construction paper with a few sheets of printer p staple along the fold) TSW write a definition of habitat and draw a picture of their own habitat.

Day 2: Introduction: Georgia Habitats TTW use Video Podcast http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=152755&title=Georg to introduce the different regions of GA TSW complete p. 3 of mini-book http://www.scribd.com/doc/66307731/Habitat-MiniBook by gluing, a map showing the 5 regions of GA (mountain, piedmont, coastal plain, marsh/swamp, & Atlantic Oc TTW introduce matrix Name that Habitat http://www.scribd.com/doc/66307937/Name-That-Habita comparing/contrasting the different habitats. Glue into back of mini-book. Day 3: Mountain Region

Show Mountain Region Video Podcast http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/twprivette-109815

Using internet and projector, TTW will show pictures of plants and animals that live in the mountain (http://maple.dnr.cornell.edu/kids/tree_red.htm#features) TT & TSW discuss the features of each that help them survive. TSW complete Plant Puzzler to help identify plants. Glue into book. http://www.scribd.com/doc/66 Plant-Puzzler ; http://www.scribd.com/doc/66308644/Mountain-Plant-Puzzler-Answers TSW complete Mountain Animals section of mini-book. Draw and label at least 3 animals and identi adaptations.

Day 4: Piedmont Regions Show Piedmont Region Video Podcast http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/twprivette-10985 Using internet and projector, TTW will show pictures of plants and animals that live in the piedmont http://www.lilburnes.org/Students/Habitats/piedmont.htm , http://www.ehow.com/info_8345694_anim region-georgia.html Complete Piedmont Plant Puzzler book http://www.scribd.com/doc/66308146/Piedmont-Plant-Puzzle http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/66308086?access_key=key-1hfzeadc7aenw6c6h5qz TT & TSW discuss the features of each that help them survive. TSW complete Piedmont Animals section of mini-book

Day 5: Review Mountain & Piedmont regions by completing matrix for these 2 regions. Explain group project o for foreign exchange student. Explain visual presentation of poster/ diorama to be completed at home. Distribut projects. All podcasts and websites used in class will be available on class wiki.

Day 6: Coastal Plain Region Show Coastal Plains Region Video Podcast http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/twprivette-10 Using internet and projector, TTW will show pictures of plants and animals that live in the coastal pla http://www.lilburnes.org/Students/Habitats/coastal_plain.htm http://www.goboatgeorgia.com/node/1059 TT & TSW discuss the features of each that help them survive. TSW complete Coastal Plains Plant Puzzler. http://www.scribd.com/doc/66308829/Ocean-Coast-Plan http://www.scribd.com/doc/66308927/Ocean-Coast-Plant-Answers TSW complete Coastal Plains Animals section of mini-book

Week 2

Day 7: Marsh/Swamp Show Marsh/Swamp Video Podcast http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/twprivette-1106925-marshes-and-swamps/ Using internet and projector, TTW will show pictures of plants and animals that live in the Marsh/Sw TT & TSW discuss the features of each that help them survive. TSW complete Marsh/Swamp Plant Puzzler http://www.scribd.com/doc/66309031/Marsh-Swamp-Pla http://www.scribd.com/doc/66309109/Marsh-Swamp-Plant-Answers

TSW complete Marsh/Swamp Animals section of mini-book

Day 8: Technology Introduction TSW receive basic instruction on creating a Power Point about their selves. Each student will create a Power Point of 3 slides. Slideshow will include Text, images, and animatio Power Point Screencast will be added to Class Wiki http://cowanroadcolts.pbworks.com/w/page/4216 Review Coastal Plain and Marsh/Swamp regions by completing matrix for these 2 regions.

Day 9: Atlantic OCEAN Watch Podcast of Ocean habitat http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/twprivette-1107511-ocean/ Using internet and projector, TTW will show pictures of plants and animals that live in the ocean regi TT & TSW discuss the features of each that help them survive. TSW complete Ocean Plants & Animals section of mini-book

Day 10-11: TSW form groups of 3 students and select a habitat. TSW review podcasts in small groups and websites for selected habitats. All podcasts and websites used in class will be available on class wiki. Students will begin to work on research of selected habitat, creating a drawing of PP slide, and creatin group presentation.

Week 3

Day 11-12: Students will complete Power Point project. Day 13: Class Presentations Day 14: Review 5 regions of GA by playing Jeopardy http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy/usergames/Sep201037/game1284571550.php OR http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en/Resources/Item/53854/habitats-of-georgia-jeopardy TSW also complete any incomplete sections of GA Habitat Mini-book Day 15: GA Habitats Test/ Individual Projects Due http://quizlet.com/2674211/test/ Additional Resources: A Walk Across GA for children http://www.uga.edu/gardenclub/m2s/index.html Muskrate Ojibwe legend: http://www.turtletrack.org/Issues00/Co07152000/CO_07152000_Muskrats.htm Museum of Natural History http://museum.nhm.uga.edu/index.php?page=content/education/habitats/habitats Who Wants to Be a Millionarie? http://www.presentationhelpdesk.com/your-millionaire-game-1124.html Quizlet. http://quizlet.com/2674211/georgia-habitats-3rd-grde-flash-cards/ Promethean Flipchart http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-gb/Resources/Item/28622/georgia-habitats Wetland Habitat Tour http://www.marietta.edu/~biol/biomes/wetlands.htm

Materials: Mini-flip book Plant Puzzler worksheets: Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plan, Marsh/Swamp, Ocean/Coast Wiki http://cowanroadcolts.pbworks.com/w/page/42162347/Georgia-Habitats Video Podcasts Individual supplies for projects Power Point Project Rubric http://www.sites4teachers.com/links/redirect.php? url=http://imet.csus.edu/imet6/canet/classes/csus/i_met/284/PPRubric-1.pdf Individual Project Rubric www.beverlyschools.org/schools/exploringecosystems/diorama_rubric.doc Self-Assessment Rubric http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php?screen=ShowRubric&rubric_id=2071290&

Bibliography: http://web.utk.edu/~ctmelear/ossabaw/LeggettVestWilliams/N_Vest2.html

Each PowerPoint has an extensive list of sources used for that area of focus.