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Introduction

 
Background

Why Study Rare Breeds?

ALBC Conservation Priorty List

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Farm Visits


Third Grade Unite: EXPAND

Expand: HOME TEAM SPECIES REPORTS AND REPLACEMENTS DISCUSSION

KEY CONCEPTS

• The characteristics of organisms • Regulation and behavior • Food chains • Interdependence

- name products from a variety of species of farm animals - understand how machines have replaced animals in doing farm work, and the costs and benefits involved. - understand the importance of animals having a job or use for the development and continuation of rare breeds.

• Communities


SUMMARY

Students gather into Home Teams and share findings. Experts in each topic share what they learned. Together the students create a Species Report about their animal focusing on farm animal, plant and human interrelationships. They also compare and contrast their species with another species. Finally, home teams give an oral report all about their species. If they learned any details about their specific breed during their visit, they can discuss what makes their breed unique. They may even know why their breed is rare (such as having lost a job. ) The lesson closes with a discussion of ways animal products and services have been replaced.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED

AnRplcmntKey.pdf, completed AnExpert.pdf sheets

 

DIRECTIONS

HOME TEAM SPECIES REPORTS

1. Once back from the field trip, it is time to gather into Home Teams and share findings. Hand back completed AnExpert.pdf sheets.

2. In Home Teams, experts in each topic share what they learned. Together the students create a Species Report about their animal focusing on farm animal, plant and human interrelationships.

3. As a part of their report, students should include jobs, services, replacements, and diet.

4. Prior to giving their report, they compare their species with another one. The Home team of one species gets together with another home team to compare and contrast their species.

5. Each person will share their findings in the oral report. The team might also share: information specific to their breed, things they thought of as they shared their findings, any observations they made while at the farm and some of the similarities and difference between their species and the one with whom they compared and contrasted.

6. If they learned any details about their specific breed during their visit, they can discuss what makes their breed unique. They may even know why their breed is rare (such as having lost a job. )

 

REPLACEMENTS

1. Students brainstorm how machines have replaced farm animals. Discuss technology as representing both advantage and loss. Have the students discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of using animals versus machines and chemicals. Use AnRplcmntKey.pdf to guide the discussion.

LIST OF REPLACEMENTS Tractors replace draft horses and oxen Pesticides, herbicides replace poultry, goats and pigs eating insect and plant pests Mowers replace grazing of all species Landfills replace poultry and pigs recycling food waste Plastics and synthetic materials replace wool, cashmere, mohair, silk and other fibers, horn and bone Security systems replace watch dogs Fertilizers replace manure Poisons replace cats and dogs hunting

RESOURCES

The Extraordinary Chicken ï a photo-journey through the amazing beauty and array of colors in chickens.

A Field Guide to Cows by John Pukite (Falcon Press, 1996). 144 pages, with drawings, charts, and graphs. Also: A Field Guide to Pigs, Pukite.

All About Farm Animals by Ann Winterbotham (Doubleday, 1988)

Farm Animals by Karen Jacobson (Children®s Press, 1981)

Animals Helping People by Suzanne Venino (National Geographic Books for Young Explorers, 1983) This book includes domesticated animals around the world.

The Vanishing Feast: How Dwindling Genetic Diversity Threatens the World®s Food Supply by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. ???

 

Navigating the Unit

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3rd - Engage
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3rd - Explain
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3rd - Supplement

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