Forty Best-practices Instructional Activities

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Instructional Activities

Procedures: Students collect quotes from a variety of reading selections. They construct a “Journey North Quote Book” to record their findings. Invite students to write personal responses to the quotes. Include these written responses in the book.

Examples: In a March 1, 2002 article in the Palm Beach Post, Greg Bossart, director of marine mammal research and conservation at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution wrote about the level of protection for manatees. He spoke about the level of human-caused deaths of manatees: “If we were doing these same things to any dolphin species, I guarantee you there would be a public and government outcry from here to Washington. Animals that have more appeal to our emotional needs or spiritual needs or whatever get more attention. They (manatees) didn’t get a TV series.” After students read this quote, explore their thoughts, feelings, and ideas in a response discussion. Encourage them to focus on various aspects of the quote: public and government outcry, animals with more appeal, TV series (and other media attention). After the discussion, have students write responses the quote evoked. Include their written responses in the Quote Book.

Variations: Use quotes from Journey North resources to generate discussions prior to written responses. Invite students to explore environmental books, magazines, websites, and news articles for additional thought-provoking quotes. Invite students to write their own “Quotables” for a Kid’s Quote Book on Environmental Issues. Invite students to research how words are used to affect change. “What legislative writing, media coverage, speeches, or stories, had the power to affect people’s opinions and actions?”

Reading Strategies: Identify Main Ideas, Make Connections, Build Vocabulary, Synthesize Information, Make Inferences and Draw Conclusions