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My Pet Project

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The class wants to get a pet. This has small groups research their choice of pet, learn all about it, to determine whether or not it would be a good fit for a classroom.

The students plan out the habitat, cost out the pet, and build a diorama. They present on why their choice of pet would be a good fit for the classroom, try to persuade that direction.

This could be an introduction to studying the environment they live in for the next session or could be focused on only fish/birds/jungle/exotics, etc.

Standards

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
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 in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
Define words by category and by one or more key attributes (e.g., a duck is a bird that swims; a tiger is a large cat with stripes).
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
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.
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.
Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.
Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish).
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).
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Use reflexive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words (e.g., birdhouse, lighthouse, housefly; bookshelf, notebook, bookmark).
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.
Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.
Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions.
Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy).
Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known prefix is added to a known word (e.g., happy/unhappy, tell/retell).
Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).
Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop).
Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their; anyone, everything).
Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because).
Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at home that are cozy).
Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe foods that are spicy or juicy).
Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.

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strietelmeierr
September 25, 2019