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Narwhal Tusk Coatrack

Research Project

Research different theories on the purpose of the narwhal tusk and present  your own idea for why the tusk exists, based on your research.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 6 - Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

Standard 9 - Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 - Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Standard 9 - Analyze cases in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or event using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informal texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 4 - Report on a topic/text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes.  Speak clearly and at an understandable pace.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 4 - Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples.  Use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Reading Activity

Read the Legend of the Narwhal, located in the sidebar, and discuss it.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Ask and answer questions to demonstrate an understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Standard 2 - Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Standard 2 - Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Art Project

If you had a hall rack in your house, what would it look like?  Design your own, and explain where the different components came from.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or event using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informal texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Standard 4 - Report on a topic/text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes.  Speak clearly and at an understandable pace.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Standard 4 - Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples.  Use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.