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In this chapter students conduct direct and indirect investigations to answer the question, How is the sanderling adapted to survive in two different environments? The unit focuses on the sanderling, a shorebird that migrates from warm, sunny beaches to the Arctic tundra to breed each year. The direct investigation in this lesson involves students in simulations of the sanderlings’ feeding habits. In the indirect investigation, students take part in idea circles in which they work in collaborative groups to learn about the tundra through informational texts. This sample chapter also includes the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Index.
Students have a full experience learning about animal adaptations for survival. By learning more about a typical bird of the tundra, the sanderling, students discover how beak shape affects the type of food birds can eat and the habitat in which they can live. This is a great resource for both elementary school students and lower middle school students. This lesson has great incorporation of trade books as well as writing.
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)
The chapter offers several options for trade books to use when teaching about adaptations of migrating organisms. The combination of hands on, minds on lesson plan with reading is certain to strengthen a students knowledge.
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)