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

By Patricia Gable

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.

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

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

Procedure

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?

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?

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?