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The Parkingtons Are Coming

Glenn Rutland
Santa Rosa District Schools

Description

You have been chosen to take in a family of aliens from the planet Pluto. Your job is to decide what important things they need to know before they come. You can send 10 pages from the Almanac. Which 10 pages do you think will help them the most?

Objectives

The student extends previously learned prereading knowledge and skills of the fourth grade with increasingly complex reading texts and assignments and tasks.

The student extends previously learned knowledge and skills of the fourth grade level with increasingly complex reading texts and assignments and tasks (for example, explicit and implicit ideas).

The student reads and organizes information from multiple sources for a variety of purposes (for example, supporting opinions, predictions, and conclusions; writing a research report; conducting interviews; taking a test; performing tasks).

The student extends previously learned knowledge and skills of the fourth grade with increasingly complex texts and assignments and tasks (for example, using reference materials and processes).

The student asks relevant questions and makes comments and observations (for example, gives feedback; draws conclusions; reflects on information; clarifies understanding of content, processes, and experiences.

Materials

- Almanac (same kind for each student)
- Copy of simulation (see file)

Preparations

1. Make copies of simulation for each student.
2. Make copies of rubric for each student.
3. Gather sets of Almanacs.

Procedures

Day One: Divide students into groups of 2 or 3. Have them read over the simulation, -The Parkingtons are Coming-.

Day Two: Reassemble each team. Ask these teams to review information collected from previous day. Once the 10 pages have been chosen and agreed upon - have teams present their findings to the rest of the class. The teams must state clearly their reasons for choosing these 10 pages. After all presentations have been made, ask students to vote on the team with the most effective information and presentation.

Assessments

Through observation and rubric. Areas to look for are: eye contact, verbal presence, voice, group participation, thought process, and research skills.

Extensions

Students develop own creative problem (working in groups) techniques.
Calculate distance from different planets to earth.
Write a story about their experiences while traveling to earth (from their point of view).
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