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Dinosaur Diets-Part One (Five Computers)

Dinosaur Diets-Part One (Five Computers)

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Students will watch the video clips “Hungry, Hungry Herbivore” and "What Do Dinosaurs Eat?" and respond to a prompt: “What kinds of foods do carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs eat?”  Students will create a comic strip about dinosaur diets using Comic Creator.

Content Standards

Reading Standards for Literature Craft and Structure

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade.

Reading Standards for Information Craft and Structure

Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.

a. Activate prior knowledge related to the information and events in a text.

b. Confirm predictions about what will happen next in a text.

 

Science Standards for Life Sciences

Plants and animals meet their needs in different ways. As a basis for understanding this concept:

Students know both plants and animals need water, animals need food, and plants  

need light.

-Students know animals eat plants or other animals for food and may also use plants   

or even other animals for shelter and nesting.

-Students know how to infer what animals eat from the shapes of their teeth (e.g.,

sharp teeth: eats meat; flat teeth: eats plants).

Speaking and Listening Standards

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

-Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking  

one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

-Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others

through multiple exchanges.

-Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.


-Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional  

information or clarify something that is not understood.

-Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify    

ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

Production and Distribution of Writing

-With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add

details to strengthen writing as needed.

-With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in

collaboration with peers.

Technology Standards-ISTE Standards Digital Citizenship

-Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical

behavior.  
-Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology

-Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.   

-Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.

-Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

Technology Operations and Concepts

-Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

Understand and use technology systems

-Select and use applications effectively and productively.   

This science unit plan is designed to help students distinguish between the diets of carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs and will run for 4 weeks and includes 20 lessons on the diets of dinosaurs.  The activities in this unit plan integrate content standards, cognition, and technology.  The lessons presented in this tutorial are the first two lessons in the unit.
 

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Tutorial

Materials and Resources

Day One “Hungry, Hungry Herbivore”

Students, view this adult Brachiosaurus that sings songs about the foods herbivores love to eat.

Source: InflatableTRex. Hungry, Hungry Herbivore. Retrieved April 28, 2013, from, www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-Cgw_UXP-w 2010.

What Do Dinosaurs Eat?

Students, learn the difference between carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs.

Source: Piperchase. What Do Dinosaurs Eat? Retrieved April 28, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwACaUc5NnU 2010

Teaching Procedure and Guided Practice

     

   Anticipatory Set

   Play the video clips, “Hungry, Hungry Herbivore” and " What Do Dinosaurs Eat?", to get students motivated to learn about dinosaur diets.

  1. Have a discussion with the students about the videos they watched and make sure to focus on the particular foods that carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs ate.
  2. Pass out paper and pencils.
  3. Write the following prompt on the Promethean board: “What kinds of foods do carnivorous and  herbivorous dinosaurs eat?”
  4. Explain to students that they will write down the prompt and write the word “carnivore” on the left side of the sheet of paper given to them and three foods that carnivore dinosaurs ate.
  5. Instruct students to write the word “herbivore” on the right side of the sheet of paper given to  them along with three foods that herbivore dinosaurs ate.
  6. Walk around the classroom to make sure that students wrote the prompt, the words “carnivore” and “herbivore”, and the names of the foods each dinosaur ate correctly.     

      Independent Practice

  1. Pass out crayons and additional paper.
  2. Instruct students to write the names of two additional foods that carnivore dinosaurs ate and two additional foods that herbivore dinosaurs ate (carnivorous foods on the left side of the paper and herbivorous foods on the right side of the paper).
  3. Instruct students to draw pictures of the foods.

      Assessment   

 

Criteria

Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

Level 0

Dino foods correctly named

4 foods correctly named

3 foods correctly named

2 foods correctly named

1 food correctly named

0 foods correctly named or no attempt made

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

Day Two

Students use Comic Creator to write and design your own comic strip about dino diets.

 

 

Anticipatory Set

 

Present to students a pre-written comic strip from Comic Creator. Explain to students that they will write a comic strip about dinosaur diets.  Explain to students that they will learn how to write text from their comic strips on a Google Doc.

Teaching Procedure and Guided Practice (Comic Creator App)

  1. Pass out paper and pencils.
  2. Ask students to choose four foods that they eat in their daily diets and write the foods down on the paper given them.
  3. Ask students to choose a partner and discuss with their partner whether the foods they chose would be eaten by carnivorous or herbivorous dinosaurs.
  4. Present to students a demonstration of the Comic Creator app from the website, http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic/

   Teaching Procedure and Guided Practice (5 Groups/ 5 Computers)

  1. Divide class into five groups and assign a computer per group and help students practice using the app.
  2. Inform students to include the foods they chose from their daily diets in their comic strips.
  3. Help students use the Comic Creator app to write their comic strips.
  4. Invite students to ask questions they may have about the project.
  5. Demonstrate how to write text on a Google Doc for each of the five groups.
  6. Instruct students to write the words from their comic strips on a Google Doc.

Independent Practice:

  1. Inform students that they will write an additional comic strip using four foods that carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs ate.
  2. Have students choose between a carnivorous or herbivorous dinosaur to write about in their comic strips.
  3. Instruct students to write only about the particular foods that the dinosaur they choose ate.

Assessment

Criteria

Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

Level 0

Dino foods correctly named in comic strip

4 foods correctly named

3 foods correctly named

2 foods correctly named

1 food correctly named

0 foods correctly named or no attempt made

Day Three-(Twenty-Five Computers)

Students will write dinosaur food lists on a Google Doc.

Anticipatory Set

Show students a completed Google Doc that lists and explain to them that they will make lists of dinosaur foods on a Google Doc.

Teaching Procedure and Guided Practice

  1. Explain to students that they will write two lists (on a Google Doc) of foods they learned about from the previous lesson found in the diets of carnivores and herbivores.
  2. Assign each student a computer and discuss with the class the importance of practicing good digital citizenship while using the computer assigned to them.
  3. Divide the class into five groups consisting of four to five students for each group.
  4. Demonstrate to each group how to write a list of items on a Google Doc.
  5. Allow each student in each group to practice writing a list on a Google Doc.
  6. Instruct each student to his or her assigned computer after practicing making a list on a Google Doc.
  7. Have students select four foods that carnivores eat and type and number the foods on the first page of the Google Doc under the heading "Carnivore Foods".
  8. Have students select four foods that herbivores eat and type and number the foods on the second page of the Google Doc under the heading "Herbivore Foods".
  9. Walk around classroom to help students who are having difficulty with the assignment and answer students questions.

 

Assessment

Google Docs List- Carnivore Dinosaur Foods

Criteria

Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

Level 0

Dino food items correctly recalled

4 food items correctly recalled

3 food items correctly recalled

2 food items correctly recalled

1 food item correctly recalled

0 food items correctly recalled or no attempt made

 

Google Docs List- Herbivore Dinosaur Foods

Criteria

Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

Level 0

Dino food items correctly recalled

4 food items correctly recalled

3 food items correctly recalled

2 food items correctly recalled

1 food item correctly recalled

0 food items correctly recalled or no attempt made