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Noah's Ark Today (NAT) is an inquiry-based and standards-based curriculum closely aligned with the National Education Standards in Social Studies and Science.

The curriculum addresses Science goals through Science as Inquiry skills, Life Science content and Science and Technology skills. Social Studies and Geography activities address US History and Geography content goals (including immigration, westward expansion and the pioneers. ) Math, Reading and Language Arts skills are integrated in the context of learning science and social studies concepts.

Key topics covered in the curriculum include:

  • the basic needs of animals for food, shelter, space and water
  • the comparative habitats and climates preferred by different breeds
  • specific adaptations within and among the species
  • the importance of form related to function
  • farm animals as immigrants to the US.
  • the role of farm animals in the settling of the United States.
  • the geographic distribution of breeds

Using the multidisciplinary approach of an integrated curriculum, NAT weaves in reading, writing and mathematics opportunities into every unit. Click here for a .pdf overview of the curriculum.

Noah's Ark Today combines instruction about scientific and historical/geographic concepts with practice in science and communications skills – observation and description; oral, written, and artistic expression; reading; and organization of new information. Both concepts and skills follow learning objectives in the National Research Council's National Science Education Standards and the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy as well as the education objectives of the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for Geographic Education. Program activities encourage active learning and interaction with the world outside the classroom, and they give teachers the flexibility to adapt lessons to fit local resources. Though the program is designed for students in grades K–5, it is also appropriate for mixed-age groups, students of differing abilities, and older students. Read detailed descriptions of the national Science and Social Studies Standards

Critical Skills

NAT emphasizes critical thinking processes (observing, communicating, comparing, organizing) and skills (problem solving, decision making and analytical, comparative, inferential and evaluative reasoning). It emphasizes learning strands such as systems and processes, and uses scientific inquiry throughout. Specific skills are delineated in the specific objectives of each activity.

For more about the standards, visit the following:

Benchmarks (American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy) (http://www. project2061. org/publications/bsl/online/bolintro. htm)

AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) http://www. aaas. org/

NRC (National Research CouncilÍs National Science Education Standards)

NSES (National Science Education Standards) (http://www. nsta. org/standards)

NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) http://www. socialstudies. org/about/

NCGS (National Council for Geographic Education) http://www. nationalgeographic. com/xpeditions/standards/matrix. html

Navigating the Guide

Guiding Concepts
The 5E Model
Overview of Units

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