IN A NUTSHELL
Written by: Sydney Donahoe & This is a set of two teacher's guides, one for grades
Judith Swift K-3 and one for grades 4-8, which provides materials
and instructions for a complete unit about the arctic
and the animals who live there. The guides begin with
500 Sea World Drive a list of eight learning objectives and a vocabulary
San Diego, CA 92109-7995 list, and conclude with a bibliography and pre/post
phone: (800) 23-SHAMU assessment tools. Each booklet includes thirteen or
TDD: (800) TD-SHAMU fourteen activities about the
fax: (619) 226-3634 arctic habitat, its location, its Grade Level
fauna, and some of the issues K-3, 4-8
facing the arctic region. Activities Length
include an objective, brief back- 24 pages each
Cost: Free/ Download from
website ground information, a list of Date Published
materials needed, and a description 1995
of the activity. Types of activities
include discussions, investigations, experiments
SUBJECTS regarding snow and cold, and a simulation game.
Some activities occur in slightly altered form in
Fine Arts both books. The booklets include student data sheets
and masters, cards and handouts, and are illustrated
BOTTOM "Presents a balance of information, although some
wording may be construed as slanted."
L I N E
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Key Strengths Other
Characteristics Noted Considerations
Fairness and Information is current. Looks Information sources identi-
Accuracy at different cultures and fied only in a general way.
social contexts. Role of scientific advisors
not stated. Some of the
language used indicates a
Depth Activities do not address
some of the goals of the
curriculum. Does not pro-
vide theme to tie the differ-
ent activities together.
Emphasis on Develops basic science and Very little attention to
Skills Building laboratory skills. Provides problem-solving or defining
opportunities to use critical issues, or to the relationship
and creative thinking skills. between the activities and
solutions to environmental
Action Suggestions for action are Little emphasis on evaluat-
Orientation given in the introduction and ing choices.
Instructional Uses a variety of learning/ Does little to encourage
Soundness teaching methods. Draws learner to question or to
on different disciplines and conduct their own inquiry.
subjects. Goals and objectives Activities are largely class-
are clearly stated. room based. Connections to
learners' lives are not
Usability Materials needed are gener- Background information not
ally available to teachers. always sufficient. Material is
Material is clearly written, disjointed at times.
instructions are easy to
"This material would be easy to pick up and use and to integrate into a curriculum."
"Not a lot of substance to this guide. It covers a wide range of topics but on
a superficial level."
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