Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprint™
Animals and Weather
NDNAEU 2 “Learning & Storytelling”, NDNAEU 4 “Sense of Humor”, NDNAEU 6 “Native Contributions”, NDNAEU 7 “Native Identity”
Compelling QuestionAre animals better than humans and technology at predicting the weather? 
Standards and PracticesK-ESS2-1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

K-ESS3-2 Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for and respond to weather.
Staging the QuestionWhat is the purpose of predicting weather?
Supporting Question 1 Supporting Question 2 Supporting Question 3 
Can you name the 4 seasons?  What is your favorite season?Does each month have a moon that goes with it?  How did Native Americans use moons to track the season?Can animals predict the weather?  How can humans understand animal weather predictions by watching or listening to them?  Who would you trust to predict weather;  a weatherman or an animal?
Formative Performance TaskFormative Performance TaskFormative Performance Task
Matching activity.  Match the months of the year with the seasons they fall into.
Journal: What moon does your birthday fall on?
What season does your birthday fall on?
Which of the 8 animals, in the article, do you think predicts the most accurate weather and why.
Featured SourcesFeatured SourcesFeatured Sources
Native American Legend of why trees lose their leaves es-Cherokee.html

Elder Interview – Getting ready for winter.
Native American Legend of How the turtle flew south for the Winter
Native American Moons and the seasons

Book – MOONSTICK: The seasons of the Sioux.  A young boy comes of age under the thirteen moons of the Sioux year. With each notch in his father’s moon counting stick, the boy marvels at the world around him, observing the sometimes subtle, sometimes remarkable changes in the seasons and in his own tribe’s way of living.
8 animals thought to predict the weather nimals-predicting-weather20130201#/1 weather proverbs
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Students will fold an 8.5/11 inch paper into 4 equal quadrants and draw a picture in each quadrant that represents each season.
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionBring in a local weatherman to talk about how weather is reported.
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationDisplay the drawings from the summative performance task for all to see.
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