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.
We are aware that the website, arkive.org, referenced in Grade 4, Module 2 of the Module Lessons and ALL Block, will no longer be available after February 15, 2019. We are working on an alternative to support this module. Please check back for updates.