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Brrrrr It’s Cold: Third Graders Study Life on the Ice

written by: Patricia Gable • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 5/31/2016

This book has fascinating information and exceptional photographs. For this three-day lesson, groups of students will concentrate on a few pages of the book and decide how to impart the information to the rest of the class so they will be able to answer comprehension questions.

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    Third Graders Study -Life on the Ice- Objectives

    1. Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. LA3-RL-1

    2. Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur). LA3-RI-7

    3. Report on a topic or text, tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace. LA3-SL-4

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    Materials and Preparation

    • “Life on the Ice" by Susan E. Goodman; provide multiple copies of the book or photocopy one set of the pages. Each group will use only a few pages.
    • Globe of the Earth
    • Art supplies accessible if needed
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    Hold up the book and explain that it is a non-fiction book with a lot of interesting information about two places on the Earth. Instead of just reading the book place students in groups of three. Each group will be responsible for a few pages in the book. They must present the information to the rest of the class and include three questions for the class to answer about what they have learned.

    • Day One
      • Read the information on your assigned pages. Take notes on the important parts. Decide how you want to present the information. This could be done by creating a poster with facts, simply taking turns reading to the class, acting out a part with props or any other creative way.
    • Day Two
      • Prepare your presentation. Include three review questions. Use other sources such as encyclopedias or websites if necessary.
    • Day Three
      • Present the material to the class. Can they answer the questions?
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    Group Assignments

    • Pages 5-8 The Artic and Antarctic (Use a globe)
    • Pages 9-11 Icebergs
    • Pages 12-15, 28 Planes Traveling to the Poles
    • Pages 16-19 Scientists Study
    • Pages 20-21 Clothing
    • Pages 22-23 Survival Outdoors
    • Pages 24-27 Seasons
    • Pages 29-30 Difference between the Poles
    • Page 31 Why Study There?
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    Team Challenge

    Gather the questions from each group. A few days after the presentations divide the class into two teams. Teams take turns answering the questions again. Which team remembers the most information?