Melody Casey
English Language Arts, Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Upper Primary
  • GEDB
  • Global Education
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    Education Standards

    GEDB Australian Animal Research: Becoming an Expert (Lesson 2 of 4)

    GEDB Australian Animal Research: Becoming an Expert (Lesson 2 of 4)


    Students will research on the computer. Students will create a poster about their Australian animal. This lesson was developed by Sara Kull as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.            

    Lesson Plan


    Students will research on the computer. Students will create a poster about their Australian animal.


    Learning Targets and Criteria for Success

    Students will become an expert on an Australian animal and share their research with others. 

    Students will be able to cite specific details in a text.

    Students will be able to summarize nonfiction text.

    Students will be able to use text features to create meaning.

    Students will be able to build knowledge on a topic by comparing information from at least two texts or websites.


    Computers with Internet access; note taking guide; construction paper or chart paper; crayons; markers; etc.; student made boxes and bullet organizer

    Learning Tasks and Practice

    Teacher will guide students through the research process throughout this lesson.

    Remind students of the teaching point.
    Teaching Point: Readers become experts on a topic by teaching others what they know, using main ideas and supporting details to help explain the text.

    Since students have made their boxes and bullets organizer on their own, they have become experts on their animal. They will need to become the teacher now, and teach others about their animal. Students will begin by creating a poster about their animal on construction paper or chart paper.

    Brainstorm with the class some good things to include on the poster if they were going to teach others. Examples would be: picture, appearance of the animal, where it lives, etc.

    Students will create posters and then share with classmates.
    Teacher will model how to use the information/ note-taking sheet.
    Tell students they need to look through their information from the previous day and add to the organizer. If they do not have information on a topic, they can research on the computer.

    Model how to research on the computer using Australia or a similar topic. Model how to be specific when typing something in and to look through the links to find the information.

    Remind students that if they write something on their note-taking sheet, they need to write down the source for their bibliography.

    Students will continue to research and take notes on the note-taking guide.

    Students will share their findings with a classmate using their organizer and poster created.

    Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning

    Students note taking sheet and informal assessments will be taken by the teacher through this lesson.

    Student created poster will be graded based on the information included.

    Feedback/Instructional Adjustments

    Lower level students will work with the teacher or peer buddy to complete the research.

    Higher-level students will be encouraged to extend their research beyond their animal.

    Extended Learning Opportunities

    Students can create a webpage based on their animal poster and research.  They can include height, weight, habitat and other interesting facts.