Unit Openers:

Grade 3 - Unit 2 - City Wildlife


General Unit Opener Information:

Unit Opener General Resources Page

Unit Opener Powerpoints

Powerpoint presentation by Harding Elementary

Powerpoint: Story by Story Preview & Background by Ceres Unified

Key vocabulary listed story by story with definitions by Mrs. Brooks

Unit Opener by Harding Elementary

Story by Story Preview & Background by Ceres Unified

Urban Roosts Word Wall
(2000 & 2002) by Ms. Ott


Become an Urban Bird Watcher
Submitted by:
Mathew Needleman
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See Blog Entry on Cornell's Urban Bird Watch Program

Many Online Unit Opener Ideas
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Ceres Unified
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Unit Opener Ideas by Ceres Unified

Integrate Technology
Submitted by:
Lily Reeves
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I have the kids break into groups such as Nosey Newsmen, Magnificent Magaziners, Artful Artists etc. but I have added 2 new groups. They are the Fabulous Photographers and the Creative Computer Nerds. The photographers are given a digital camera and given the assignment to photograph city wildlife around the school. They then transfer the pictures to the computer and make a poster of what they found. The computer nerds just use their computers to find pictures of anything relating to city wildlife and create a collage with words and those pictures. They can also create acrostics about the theme on the computer.

Nature Walk:
Submitted by:
Diane Redmond
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Take your students on a nature walk around your school. Everyone takes a spiral notebook and pencil. The notebook paper is divided in half the long way (like a hotdog bun). Label one column plants and the other animals. As you walk around with your class list all the city wildlife you find. This is a great way to lead into writing a short paragraph about the concept of city wildlife.

Story Time:
Submitted by:
Jose Rodriguez
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We read Stella Luna (you can find it online also at storyonline.net) and used the focus questions from Harding Elementary.

  • What is wildlife?
  • What are some kinds of wildlife?
  • What do they eat?
  • Where do they live?

and after a classroom discussion, used the responses to build a bulletin board.

Focus Questions, Charades, and Visualizing:
Submitted by:
Stephanie Penniman
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