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“The Case of the Disappearing Habitat: The Candy Culprit”

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“The Case of the Disappearing Habitat: The Candy Culprit” is a hands-on scholastic project, targeting grades 4 through 8, that invites students to become environmental detectives. Created by New England Primate Conservancy, this interactive learning adventure for youths raises environmental awareness and inspires action. 

As they embark on their adventure, students participate in five engaging lessons that build on the one before it. Fun and whimsical film noir-style detective videos introduce and explain each lesson and give helpful hints for successful investigative strategies. In the course of their investigation, the student detectives uncover how the ingredients in their candy may be harmful to tropical rainforests and to the animals who live there, thousands of miles away. In so doing, they unmask the “candy culprit” and learn about sustainable practices, identifying companies that follow them—and those who don’t. More importantly, students learn how their own daily choices impact our environment. Clear and specific action items teach the students how to become effective environmental advocates. 

Easily adapted to younger and older grades, whether students are learning in the classroom or from home, “The Case of the Disappearing Habitat: The Candy Culprit” captivates kids’ imaginations, teaches them to think critically, and inspires them to take action to help save our planet. 

With more students being schooled from home during COVID-19, “. . .The Candy Culprit” provides an entertaining and alternative educational experience that actively engages young minds and sets achievable learning goals.

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The Case of the Disappearing Habitat-The Candy Culprit: Step 4
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The Case of the Disappearing Habitat-The Candy Culprit: Step 5
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Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

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