CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NBT.B.5 Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Either a project or smart board connected to the computer will be required to view presentation and videos in class or students will need a computer to watch during a web meeting. The game can be played on any computer or tablet.
This lesson introduces new science vocabulary words, teaches about indigenous and invasive species and includes a couple of math problems showing how quickly invasive species multiply. It concludes with students playing the Making Camp Dakota: Past and Present game. This is the ninth in a 10-unit English/ Language Arts unit centered around a visit to their grandmother that integrates English/ Language Arts and indigenous history.
Watch the Mouths to Feed Video
Invasive Species Giant Insect!
This one-minute video is a little silly with a giant insect but it is a good starter for the lesson to spark student interest.
Give a presentation on indigenous and invasive species
This Google slides presentation introduces the concepts of indigenous and invasive species. It also provides geography information on the Great Plains and Great Lakes as well as a couple of math problems computing how quickly one fly can turn into 5,000.
This content can be assigned to students as reading, but we recommend the teacher present as a mini-lecture first, if possible, and include the reading for students to review.
Watch video Seven Ways to Leave Hungry Pests Behind
We recommend assigning students to write down any words in the video that they don’t recognize.
Play Making Camp Dakota
NOTE: Making Camp Dakota will be available by the end of March, 2021.
You may allow your students to just play the game, or, if you want sections specific to this lesson in indigenous plants and animals, have them select the two icons below.
In the LIFE section of Making Camp Dakota: Past and Present select this icon to learn about how indigenous people used herbs.
In the NUMBERS section, select this icon to learn about buffalo hunting.
As an added bonus, the buffalo section ends with a question on division of three digit numbers.
Optional: Lesson challenges and extension
National Ag in the Classroom has four, related lessons at the sixth to eighth-grade level on invasive species. Some of the readings may be above the grade level, but they recommend “jigsaw reading” where each student in a group takes a piece of a reading, then explains that paragraph or two to the rest of the class.
If your students are interested in invasive species, or you want some students to have more of a challenge, we recommend checking out this resource.
In class formative assessment occurs when asking students to answer math problems during the lesson. Students learning remotely can post answers in chat. Students in a classroom can hold up a piece of paper with their answer, allowing the teacher to check understanding at a glance.
Completion and accuracy of the responses in Making Camp Dakota can be checked in the data reports.