In the last unit of the module, students participate in another research cycle to study a specific bird to learn about how that bird’s key parts help it survive in its habitat. Within expert groups, students use the National Geographic Kids text First Big Book of Birds for Little Kids by Catherine D. Hughes to answer the unit guiding question: “How do specific birds use their body parts to survive?” Throughout the expert group research process, students take notes using words and pictures. Students then use these notes to participate in a small group Science Talk (SL.1.1c, SL.1.5). Students also hone their scientific drawing skills through drafting, peer critique, feedback, and revision.
The expert bird research and scientific drawing lead to the creation of the performance task: an Expert Bird Riddle card and a corresponding Exert Bird Scientific Drawing card (ELA W.1.5, W.1.7, L.1.1.f, L.1.1.g, L.1.2.b, L.1.2.e). Each student’s individual writing and drawing will be compiled into a class riddle matching game. For the end of module Celebration of Learning, students sing and act out a bird song using handmade puppets, share their riddles, and play the matching game with classroom visitors. Throughout the unit, students work on the habit of character perseverance as they strive to create high-quality work.