Panda Lessons

30 min.

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Wonder of the Day #1233

Why Are Pandas Rare?

Grade Standards Subjects Topics
K K.RI.MC.6.1. ELA Reading – Informational Text (RI)
K K.RI.LCS.8.1. ELA Reading – Informational Text (RI)
K K.RI.P.4.1. ELA Reading – Informational Text (RI)
K K.RL.P.4.1. ELA Reading – Literary Text (RL)
K K.I.3.1. ELA Inquiry-Based Literacy Standards (I)
K K.RI.LCS.11.2. ELA Reading – Informational Text (RI)
K K.C.MC.2.1. ELA Communication (C)
K K.L.2A.1. Science LIFE SCIENCE: EXPLORING ORGANISMS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
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Objective

A lesson that can be adapted to all grade levels exploring pandas in the wild and fictionalized panda stories. Refer to Wonderopolis #1233 http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-are-pandas-rare

Big Idea

Preschool craft Is anything really black or white?? :) The Book Please, Mr. Panda - presents a panda, penguin, skunk, ostrich, orca whale and a lemur.

Invite kids to name all of the animals they can think of that start with the letter "P" - then all of the animals they can think of that are also "black and white"

Read one fiction and one non-fiction book about pandas. See the book list included below - Pandas are intriguing animals. The first book - Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth gets the thought process going. It's a classic!

Ask kids to remember where pandas are found in the wild, what do they eat, name a predator that preys on pandas. What is a lesson learned from one of the fictional panda stories?