Author:
Ana Bellido
Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing, Visual Arts, Culinary Arts, Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Level:
Upper Primary
Tags:
Algae, Animals, Berry, Bird, Carotenoid, Colors, Diet, Feather, Flamingo, Food, Insect, Nature, Orange, Organism, Pigment, Pink, Plumage, Science, Seed, Shrimp
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
English

#1: Why are Flamingos Pink?

#1: Why are Flamingos Pink?

Overview

, We will learn about why flamingos are pink. 

Students have the opportunity to explore as a class or individually. 

With suggestions for different age groups. This resource has some activities to engage students with drawing, writing descriptions, or both. 

Why are Flamingos pink?

To start with this project, the teacher should show different pictures of flamingos and ask a question:

WHY FLAMINGOS ARE PINK?

Then students should think of their answers and express them to the class. 

Lower Elementary: They can explain their hypothesis in Spanish and then translate them.

Upper Elementary: Try to explain their hypothesis with the teacher's help.  

Middle School: Explain their hypothesis with some scaffold sentences from the blackboard.

High School: Explain their hypothesis without help. 

WHY FLAMINGOS ARE PINK? 

 Watch these pictures, think and say your hypothesis to your class. Then write them in the notebook.  

Flamingos 1

Lower Elementary: Read the Flamingo's text together. 

Upper Elementary: Students should read Flamingo's text independently and comment on the text in groups.

Middle School: Students should read Flamingo's text independently and comment on the text in groups.

High school: Students read the text without help. 

To scaffold learners, they should underline difficult words and look for the translation in Linguee dictionary. Then comment on the translations with their group.

1- Read the text about Flamingos in the following link from Britannica webpage. Pay especially attention to the second paragraph. 

https://www.britannica.com/story/why-are-flamingos-pink

Flamingo's features

Instructor Notes

Students should see National Geographic flamingo pictures and watch the video below. Then they should comment on group the flamingo's features. 

Lower Elementary: Look at the pictures together and comment on the Flamingo's features. 

Upper Elementary: Look at the pictures together and comment on the Flamingo's features.

Middle School: Look at the pictures, watch the video and comment on the features in groups.  

High School: Look at the pictures and watch the video independently. 

2. Look at the different pictures of Flamingos and watch the video below. 

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/facts/flamingo

Flamingo's questions

Lower Elementary: No questions. 

Upper Elementary: Respond to questions with all class group.

Middle School:  Answer questions in groups and comment on answers with all class. 

High School: Answer the questions individually. 

3. Answers the different questions in groups. 

- Why flamingos are pink?

-What do flamingos eat? 

- What is beta-carotene?

- What age do flamingos change color? 

-They could be yellow, orange or white?

- What is the name of the most important algae which flamingos eat? 

 

 

Scaffolding

Subject+ verb+ complements

I am pink because...

They are yellow because...

Yes, they.... because.....

No, they.... because....

What color would you be?

Lower Elementary: Students should draw a picture of themselves based on what they eat the most. 

Upper Elementary: Students should draw a picture of themselves based on what they eat the most.  Add a written description. 

Middle School:  Students should write a description of themselves based on what they eat the most. Read it in front of the class and their classmates will draw a picture of him/she based on the description. 

High School: What nutritional deficiencies might someone experience who only eats one thing, or a diet that is predomoinantly one thing? Explain. Create a visual representation of someone who eats only one thing.

4. Watch Charlie chocolate's factory at the following link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcqZynKuqhI

Then comment on it in groups. 

5. Write a description of yourselves based on what you eat the most. 

6. Read the description to the class and your classmates should draw you considering your description.