Overview

El Rio Grande is a multi-disciplinary unit that studies of the effects of the Rio Grande on the Rio Grande Valley. Lesson plans cover content areas of Mathematics, History, Science, and Language Arts. The activities in this unit engage students in research, group work, information technology, and presentation.

The Rio Grande is an entire ecosystem. Its has tremendous influences on the people, animals, and plants that live in the Rio Grande Valley. These lessons can be used by anyone interested in studying the Rio Grande. If used in distant classrooms, field trips can be taken to local rivers and lakes.

Introduction

The Rio Grande supports a wide variety of life forms. In this lesson, students will identify various organisms that exist in the river environment. They will consider physical characteristics and roles that plants and animals play in the river ecosystem. Using information from research and a trip to the local river, they will create field guides of the plants and animals that thrive in the river ecosystem.

Technology

Resources

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Off-line

Process

Tips

Materials

Preparation

Driving Questions

Tasks

Assessment

Different rubrics can be used to evaluate the students. Included is a Field Guide rubric, and a digital presentation rubric. These rubrics evaluate products, not student contributions.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, the learner will:

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Field Guide Lesson provides the Teacher's guide for the set up and process of the students' tasks.

Field Guide Group Task Cards provides the students with a clear, step-by-step guide for their final products. Includes evaluation rubrics.

Group Task Cards in Spanish

Field Guide Role Task Cards provides step-by-step guidance for each student.

Role Task Cards in Spanish

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Field Guide Lesson provides the Teacher's guide for the set up and process of the students' tasks.

Field Guide Group Task Card provides the groups with a step-by-step guide for their final products. Includes evaluation rubrics.

Field Guide Role Task Cards provides step-by-step guidance for each student.

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