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        Compare and Contrast Information from Multiple Sources - Wolong's Pandas

        Students compare and contrast information from three sources to determine the reasons that contributed to panda population decline. They draw conclusions from these sources by writing their own paragraphs.

        Lesson Summary


        Students compare and contrast information from three sources to determine the reasons that have contributed to the declining panda population. They begin by watching the video "Wolong's Pandas" and taking notes on the reasons for the decline. Then they read the print text and take notes on new ideas. They place a check mark beside the ideas that occur in both sources. They should note any contradictory information. Then they watch the video "Bamboo Mountains" and take notes. Finally, they write a paragraph, based on information from the three sources that draws conclusions about why panda numbers are declining.

        Why is this an important concept?

        It is important for students to be able to compare and contrast ideas found in multiple sources to enable them to identify conflicting information and consistent information and critically evaluate sources. When students can compare and contrast information, they can make inferences and draw conclusions about topics. Comparing and contrasting information from multiple sources allows students to get a more comprehensive view of topics.

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        Suggested Time

        (1- 2) 50-minute periods

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        The Lesson

        Part I: Learning Activity

        1. Photocopy and distribute the Pandas Compare/Contrast Chart for each student.

        2. Students will watch Wolong's Pandas, about the shrinking bamboo supplies and how scientists developed food supplements for pandas who had been hurt in the wild. As students watch the video, they record the reasons for the declining number of pandas in the first column of the chart.

        3. Distribute the Pandas: An Endangered Species Text handout text, that gives reasons why panda numbers are declining. If a reason is noted in column 1 and is also noted in the print text, students place a check mark in the "Same" column. If a new reason or a contradictory reason is introduced in the print text, students take notes in the Print Text column.

        4. Next, students watch the video Bamboo Mountain. This segment shows many panda cubs being born in Wolong and explains that scientists are not sure what to do with the cubs because the bamboo forests are disappearing. It also gives reasons why bamboos forests are disappearing. While students view the video, they record reasons that panda cubs are declining in Column 3 or place a check mark in the"same as" columns. 

        5. In pairs, students share their notes and discuss the reasons why the numbers of pandas are declining.

        For students who need additional teacher guidance:

        1. Give students the purpose for viewing the first clip, reasons why pandas are declining. Tell students while watching the video Wolong's Pandas, to look for reasons why pandas are declining.

        2. Model how to make notes in the first column of the chart.

        3. Watch the video Wolong's Pandas.

        4. Discuss the video and the notes students took. Make a transparency of the Pandas Compare/Contrast Chart to record information students contribute.

        5. Next, students read the Pandas: An Endangered Species Text handout text in small groups or with a buddy.

        6. Model how to take notes in column 2 or place a check in the "Same as Clip 1" column.

        7. Before watching the video Bamboo Mountain, show students where to make notes and give them their purpose for viewing.

        5. Watch Bamboo Mountain.

        6. Students fill in notes in column 4 and check when information occurs in the first video or the print text.

        7. Discuss reasons why the number of pandas are declining.

        Part II: Assessment

        Students use their Pandas Compare/Contrast Chart to write a paragraph that states their conclusions about the reasons why the panda population is declining.


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