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Students explore animal lifestyles by researching their characteristics. In this animal habitat lesson, students read the story Over in the Jungle and analyze the animal illustrations in the book. Students create clay animal characters from the story and photograph their characters in their correct habitats.
Second graders write and illustrate a story. In this habitats lesson, 2nd graders learn about different types of plant and animal habitats. Students view video segments about habitats, answer comprehension questions, complete a crossword puzzle, read stories about different animal habitats and use the information learned to write and illustrate a story about habitats.
Students investigate animal habitats in zoos. In this animal habitat activity, students fill in a KWLH chart about zoos before looking at pictures of African animals in zoo habitats. They discuss what they see and take a field trip to the zoo where they take digital pictures of animals in their habitats. They complete an art project of a chosen habitat.
Research and write about animal habitats or historical settings after listening to the book Tulip Sees America by Cynthia Rylant. The whole group locates and discusses vivid word choices that describe the main character's journey across the United States. Individuals select a research topic, complete a graphic organizer based on this research, and write a paragraph including interesting descriptive details.
Groups of pupils circulate through five animal habitat stations and add information to the circle map located in each station. Then, they are shown the form of a lantern poem, and go to the computer lab in order to construct an original poem in the lantern form. They view a variety of animals in their habitats and create a poem about the animal of their choice. Both the poem and the picture are printed, and a bulletin board is created in class. Very nice!
Second graders study the habitats of plants and animals. They use Kidspiration to practice naming plants and animals in given habitats. Students use Internet sites to research animal and plant habitats. They will then use Microsoft Word to write and illustrate a story about plant and animal habitats.
Pupils explore various animals, habitats, objects and pictures of objects found in the environment that introduce and reinforce the concepts of natural resources and their uses. This lesson plan uses a variety of modalities and learning centers to support the different learning styles of students.
Students choose from the following list a method of presentation: writing piece, poster, diorama, song/rap, skit, PowerPoint presentation, or web page of a representation of a habitat, adaptation, an example of how we destroy/promote animal survival. They then provide a bibliography of resources cited.
Learners explore animal habitats in this collaborative lesson. First, they read Who Lives Here? by Dot and Sy Barlowe. Next, they get into groups to do research on one of three habitats, ponds, grasslands, or deserts. Finally, they create a visual presentation of what they learned, and share it with the class.
Explore the ocean and the woods with this ELD lesson, which involves three Houghton Mifflin short stories ("Nights of the Pufflings," "Seal Surfer," and "Two Days in May"). Your third graders will enjoy reading about animals in their natural habitats, and will be quick to learn the necessary vocabulary. The lesson addresses three listening and speaking ELD standards, as well as reading and writing ELD standards, and is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
Third graders read in their textbooks about how water affects habitats and discuss vocabulary and pictures from the lesson. Then in groups of two, they observe the teacher's example of a headline. They are then assigned to their own headline and newspaper story and write one or two paragraphs for the newspaper telling people how they are harming the animal's habitats and they they can change their actions.
First graders get out and explore two different habitats to examine how each one meets the needs of the plants and animals that dwell there. They discuss what they've learned about animal habitats as they explore the outdoor environment. This lesson plan includes several excellent extension/ assessment ideas.
An animal habitat is like the neighborhood where animals live. It's a place they can get everything they need to survive; air, food, shelter, and water. Explore animal habitats with your first graders. In small groups, they create a habitat diorama for an animal they are familiar with, such as a pet. After completing the project they share their habitats with the whole group. Note: The instructional activity is lacking, in that the children are not learning about animals living outside of the home.
Fifth graders brainstorm the relationship between trees and humans to determine how humans benefit from trees and how they benefit from us. They discuss oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange, soil stablization, animal habitat, shade, medicine from the rainforest, etc. Students then make and distribute invitations for an open house where they describe community goals to protect environment.
Fourth graders read "Habitat: What Animals Need to Live" then create a Venn diagram for herbivore, omnivore, and carnivore. In this animal survival lesson, 4th graders determine where different animals need to live depending on what they eat, and summarize what elements are needed for survival (food, water, shelter, space).