New Unit of Inquiry – with a few changes

Dear Parents, January, 2011

This week we are beginning our new unit of inquiry called Fur, Fins and Feathers. The central idea for this unit is: Individual animal characteristics and external influences affect an animal’s survival .

We will be focusing on:
What characteristics distinguish mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles?
     
How did these characteristics help these animals survive over time?
     
How do external influences affect an animal’s survival?

This unit focuses on evolution and the concept of ‘survival of the fittest.’ Children will start this unit by sorting animals according to their different characteristics; eventually leading to sorting by mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles. We will then move on to how these characteristics help animals to survive in their surroundings and why some animals become extinct. We will look at how animals evolve to adapt to external influences including both natural and human impacts. Classes will each take a habitat to explore how animals survive and then present their findings to another class. By the end of the unit, children are expected to explain how animals survive and adapt to their environment. If students have anything interesting related to this unit such as photographs of the Great Migration, books on extinct animals etc… please let them bring it in to share with the class.

On the IST website under IST MOODLE, Elementary, Grade One, there are some online games and animal research sites that children can use. These are in addition to the language and math sites already there, which children can access from home.

Thanks,
Grade One Team

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