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Introduction

 
Background

Why Study Rare Breeds?

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Units

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~ 3-5 Overview

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Farm Visits

 

Fifth Grade Unit: EXPLAIN

Explain: SLIDESHOW ABOUT RARE BREEDS, PART 3 AND 4. FIELD TRIP: ON-SITE RESEARCH OF COLONIAL LIFE, AND HERITAGE AND COLONIAL USES OF A FEW BREEDS.

KEY CONCEPTS

• Geographic distribution
• Adaptation to specific climates
• Immigration and Settlement
• Colonial Times, colonization
• Westward Expansion and the Agrarian Economy
• Your state or the United States


SUMMARY

Students see parts 3 and 4 of the slideshow, getting familiar with uses of rare breeds, and adaptations. They then go on a field trip to a local farm, ideally a historic farm with rare breeds. While at the farm, students discuss the concept of rare breeds animals as immigrants. What is an immigrant? What is immigration? The farm is also a useful jumping off point for a unit on adaptation or animal behavior. See unit 4 to plan these offerings.

 

Materials needed

Slideshow, projector, permission slips, lunches, clipboards and note paper for specific notes and questions about their breed in the context of the farm, and it's history, or their county/state history.

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Students should address the following:

a. You have already researched a bit about your species and breed. You ought to have some specific questions for the farmer about your breeds' unique traits, and whether those are present in the specific individual there at the farm.

b. Students should make observations about the farm and determine if the adaptive traits of the breed are still in use, or if the breed is being kept for heritage display.

c. Are there any ways the farm might use the animal that reflect it's specific traits and skills.

d. How does the animal's history intertwine with that of the other animals at the farm? How does it's present life interface with theirs?

e. What evidence is there of survival traits or survival behavior in your animal? Can you see it in action? Describe and explain.

 

 

Navigating the Unit

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5th - 5 E Summary
5th - Engage
5th - Explore
5th - Explain
5th - Expand
5th - Evaluate
5th - Supplement

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