OCEAN ANIMAL REPORT:
We have been studying the ocean in science. We are now learning about life in the ocean. Use this handout as a guide to help you decide what information to look for and how to organize your notes.
Your final draft should be about two typed (font size no larger than 14) pages or four handwritten pages long.
It would be wise to leave yourself enough time to have an adult help you proofread and edit your work before it is due.
Things to include:
Name of ocean animal
Scientific name of ocean animal (we will talk about this )
What does it look like?
Is it a mammal? Reptile? Fish? Invertebrate?
Size (Length and weight) Color
Any interesting “talents” or characteristics
In what ocean or oceans is your animal found?
What is the water temperature where your animal lives?
At what water depth does your ocean animal live?
What does your animal eat and how does your animal get its food?
Does this animal lay eggs or have live young or something else?
Provide details on how this animal cares for its young (if it does) and what the babies are like?
Who are the enemies of your animal?
What animals eat your ocean animal?
How does your animal defend itself?
Other interesting facts, such as:
Is your animal endangered or threatened?
How many of are there surviving? (population)
Are people a threat to this animal?
What is your opinion of your ocean animal?
Why do you feel like you do? Explain your opinion.
Pictures: Please include: A world map with areas where your ocean animal lives marked. A map will be provided. Suggestion : You can use a highlighter or colored pencil to shade the area where the animal lives.
A drawing of your animal to add to the 5th grade mural:
Include your first name and last initial (ON THE FRONT for display purposes)
Include the animal’s common and scientific names
Presentation : Read your paper aloud to the class.
Be prepared to answer questions the class may have.
Post your drawing/picture so that the class will know what your animal looks like.
Your picture will be added to the 5th grade mural in the hallway.
Use the big classroom map to help you point out where your animal lives.
Bibliography : As with any research paper, you should include a list of resources used. Mrs. MacKay taught you how to make a bibliography for your biography project earlier in the year. Some information on bibliographies from the New York Public Library has been attached.
ANY and ALL resources you use (online, encyclopedia, magazine, book) should be included in your bibliography. Everyone should use at least TWO resources for your report. E
Book with one author:
Author (last name, first name). Title of the book . City: Publisher, Date of publication.
Buffa, Liz. Research Paper Smart . New York: Random House, 1997.
Encyclopedia Title , Edition Date. Volume Number, “Article Title,” page numbers.
The Encyclopedia Brittanica , 1997. Volume 7, “Gulper Eels,” pp. 150-151.
Site name . Author. Date you accessed the site
Teenlink: How to Write a Bibliography . Gubitosi, Richard. 14 April. 1999. New York Public Library. 14 April 2008 .
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- WHEN AND HOW WILL I DO MY RESEARCH?
I will help you find online resources and you will have time in the computer lab to do some research. Use your library time to use encyclopedias and books. You will be given some class time to work on your report. You will need to do additional work on your own time. DO NOT wait until the last minute to do your research and write your report. Don’t forget that the computer lab is open early in the morning every day.
- HOW WILL MY PROJECT BE GRADED?
Your work will count as a writing grade and a science test grade. See the next page.
- CAN I DO THIS WITH A PARNTER?
This is not a partner project. However, if two people happen to be studying the same animal, you can share books or website links. Every individual must write their own paper.
- WHAT ARE SOME RECOMMENDED STEPS TO GET ME GOING?
1. Check out some books this week from the library on an ocean animal that interests you. Keep this packet of directions in a folder and bring it with you whenever you do more research or work on your paper.
2. Skim the books and make sure there is enough information and you are still interested.
3. Look at the suggested questions to be answered and begin answering them. Write down notes that answer the questions. Be sure to write down the bibliography information for EACH book or resource you use. It’s best to do that right away so you don’t have to hunt for it later after you’ve returned the book.
4. In the library, find additional resources to use. If you used books the first week, try encyclopedias. Repeat step 3.
5. Begin drafting your paper. You will need to keep this direction packet handy and refer to it many times. Write sentences from your notes and put them together into paragraphs. Look at the notes you took that answer the provided questions. Follow the section guidelines and put related information together. Use your own words. Do not copy directly from books or other resources.
6. Make your map and picture.
7. Have an adult proofread your work when you are done and make any needed corrections.
8. Pass in your complete report w/ map, bibliography and picture.
OCEAN PROJET GRADING
_____ composition (4 points)
_____ mechanics (4 points)
______ bibliography (5 points)
______ content (did you answer all the questions in the directions?) (55 points)
______ accuracy of map (10 points)
______ picture (6 points)
______ name on project and initials on picture (3 points)
______ oral presentation
Eye contact (3 points)
Fluency/appropriate speed (3 points)
Posture/gestures (3 points)
All of these items add up to 100 points.