In this second unit, students research their expert group animal and its defense mechanisms. Close reading of informational texts and web pages about their expert group animal prepares students for the mid-unit assessment, in which they cite evidence, determine the main idea, and then summarize and organize their research. In the second half of the unit, students synthesize information from their research by writing an informative piece detailing their expert group animal's physical characteristics, habitat, predators, and defense mechanisms. This piece serves as the introduction to their performance task, a choose-your-own-adventure narrative, written in Unit 3. Their research in this unit will also serve as a resource for writing narratives with scientifically accurate details in the following unit.
As of February 15, 2019, the website www.arkive.org is no longer available. This website is used as a resource in Grade 4, Module 2 of the Module Lessons and ALL Block. You can still access content, texts, and images, using the links below. These links are archived versions of the original content, text, and images that were found on www.arkive.org.
Please note that some of these links contain just single images of each animal; videos and slideshows could not be captured in the archiving process.
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