Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hello students!

Animals make us happy. So let's have fun while we learn about them. For your topic you chose one of the animal books from the library. Our subtopics include body, food, and habitat. We're going to use three sources of information: nonfiction book, World Book Encyclopedia, and the following Web sites. Read and think about the information to select facts that match your subtopics. Write notes in your research packet that are facts. Do not copy sentences! We will sort and number your facts when you're done to create our final project.

If your topic is not in the list below, click on the following links and type your animal into the Web site search bar.
1. The National Geographic
2. The Smithsonian National Zoological Park
3. Also visit the San Diego Zoo mammal page.

Beaver
National Geographic beaver profile
Smithsonian facts: beaver
Bighorn sheep
National Geographic bighorn profile

Bighorn sheep
Desert USA: bighorn sheep

Bison
National Geographic bison profile
The BIG Zoo: American bison
Black bear
National Geographic black bear profile
Quick facts: black bear
Elk
National Geographic elk profile
Elk fast facts
Gorilla
National Geographic gorilla profile
Creature feature: mountain gorillas
San Diego Zoo: gorilla quick facts
Hippopotamus
National Geographic hippopotamus profile
Creature feature: hippopotamus
San Diego Zoo: hippo quick facts
Kangaroo
National Geographic red kangaroo profile
National Geographic gray kangaroo profile
San Diego Zoo: kangaroo quick facts
Leopard
National Geographic leopard profile
San Diego Zoo: leopard quick facts
Lynx
National Geographic lynx profile
San Diego Zoo: lynx quick facts
Mountain goat
National Geographic mountain goat profile
Zoo.org fast facts: mountain goat
Musk ox
National Geographic muskox profile
Orangutans
National Geographic orangutans profile
Creature feature: orangutans
San Diego Zoo: orangutan quick facts
Porcupine
National Geographic porcupine profile
San Diego Zoo: porcupine quick facts
Raccoon
National Geographic raccoon profile
The BIG Zoo: raccoon facts
Quick Facts: raccoon
Rhinoceros
National Geographic rhinoceros profile
Creature feature: black rhinoceros
Tiger
National Geographic tiger profile
Creature feature: tiger
San Diego Zoo: tiger quick facts

7th Grade Research Standards
2.3a Write research reports: Pose relevant and tightly drawn questions about the topic.
2.3b Write research reports: Convey clear and accurate perspectives on the subject.
2.3c Write research reports: Include evidence compiled through the formal research process (e.g., use of a card catalog, Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, a computer catalog, magazines, newspapers, dictionaries).
2.3d Write research reports: Document reference sources by means of footnotes and a bibliography.

Information Literacy Standards:
Standard 1: The student who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively.
1.2: Knows parts of a book and functions of digital resources.
Standard 2: The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.
2.3: Selects relevant information during the research process.
Standard 3: The student who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively.
3.1: Uses prewriting techniques to extract and organize relevant information.
Standard 8: The student... practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.
8.2: Understands the reasons and methods for citing sources.