King Penguin vs. Emperor Penguin
1 Hook/Attention Getter
Activate prior knowledge of penguins to provide support for all students with content and/or vocabulary knowledge of topic. Ask students to turn and talk about what they learned about penguins from last weeks reading of Penguin Chick by Betty Tatham (refer to students' reading book page 210). Have students share their responses.
To hook students into the lesson, explain to them they will be taking a trip to Antarctica to study two of the 17 species of penguins. Using a map, locate Antarctica and do the same using a globe. Spin the globe and tell students to get ready for the trip. But first,they will need to make sure that they have the correct clothing for a trip to Anarctica. Show the video What To Wear.
Students will view the video
2 Lesson Sequence
Explain to the students that they will be researching information about the Emperor penguin and the King penguin in order to compare and contrast both species. Review the definition for compare (same) and contrast (different). Tell students that they will select a compare and contrast graphic organizer. They may select from four graphic organizers: a paper Venn diagram, interactive Venn diagram, paper top down compare contrast, or interactive, top down compare and contrast. Show the two paper graphic organizers and demonstrate how to use the two interactive graphic organizers. Tell students they will need to select a partner and then they will choose a graphic organizer
Students will select a partner and then they will select their graphic organizer.
3 Guided Practice
Explain to the students that they will will be able to select at least two different texts. Show the student the different resources that they may use to collect information about the Emperor penguin and King penguin: Books, websites, and You-tube videos.
Students will choose at least two different types of text to use to gather their information.
4 Independent Practice
Go around and assist students with the process of gathering information from the different sources. Also, assist students with filling in graphic organizers
Students will use at least two different sources to gather information. Students will fill out compare and contrast graphic organizer.
Wrap up the lesson by having groups share out both their comparisons and contrast of the Emperor penguin and the King penguin. Tell students that tomorrow they will use the information from their graphic organizer to write a compare and contrast passage.
Students will share their information with the whole group.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.