August 22, 2014
Kind News Resource Room
Supplements to the August/September 2014 issue
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Common Core-Aligned Activities
Explore the issue with students using the following activities, aligned with the Common Core Standards.
SL.K-2.1 - Participate in collaborative conversations with peers and adults. Get the year off to a kind start. As a class, brainstorm a list of “kind” words on the board or chart paper. The list may include: helpful, caring, responsible, humane, respectful, gentle, thoughtful, loving, considerate, reliable, generous, warm, understanding and patient. Ask: How can we be kinder to each other? How can we be kinder to animals?
W.K-2.8- Gather information from provided sources to answer a question. Who shares our planet? Have students clip photographs of wild animals and various natural habitats from newspapers and magazines. Glue the pictures, collage-style, onto a large inflated beach ball. Label each animal with a sticker-type label. Display the “globe” in a common area in your school. Title the display “Share Our World with Animals.”
Junior and Senior
W.3-4.7 and W.5.7 - Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. W.5.3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences. Invite students to choose an African animal to research, using two or more sources. After they have collected their information, have them write a narrative describing an imagined encounter they might have with that animal while on photographic safari in Africa, incorporating some of the animal’s natural characteristics and behaviors. An excellent example of such a narrative is the book African Critters by Robert B. Haas.
SL.3-4.1 and SL.5.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. Tell students that whenever we adjust ourselves to different situations, it is a form of adaptation. For example, students adapt their behavior when going from gym class to the school library. Point out that wild animals adapt to changes too. Ask: What are some of the ways in which wild animals adapt to changing seasons? (Answer: Some animals migrate, others hibernate and some experience changes in fur color or fur length.) Ask: What are some changes to which many wild animals cannot adapt? (Possible answers include loss of habitat, pollution and being captured and kept as pets.)
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