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Young scientists grab their measuring tapes, rulers, and yard sticks as they see how big Arctic animals really are. To conceptualize the trait of height or length, each small group will measure out the entire length of an arctic animal. They line animal pictures up to show how they compare from smallest to largest. It's a good lesson that combines measurement, data collection, comparative analysis, and Arctic animals.
Although the lesson is specifically about the San Francisco Bay area, it's good enough to be adapted to any local region. Children research what the landscape in San Francisco was like prior to settlement, they consider the types of animals that lived there, and what their life was like. They each receive an animal information card, which they will use as they write a mock journal entry from the perspective of that animal. It's a day in the life of an animal prior to European contact, neat!
Students identify the types of animals that may be found on a farm and the resources they provide for people. They read and discuss a variety of books about farm animals, write a description of a farm animal, play an animal/resource matching game, and create a class mural.
Young scholars complete a unit pertaining to endangered animals. In this animal activity, students read the book Hoot and research an endangered animal to complete a presentation about. Young scholars write a persuasive essay answering the question of whether or not there should be zoos.
Young scholars explore endangered animals. In this endangered animals lesson, students classify pictures of animals into the categories of safe, threatened, endangered, and extinct. Young scholars share their classifications and hang posters they create on the classroom walls.
The Kwakwaka'wakw are indigenous people from Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The class analyzes a Kwakwak'wakw ceremonial mask, how it was used, and its cultural significance. They then create animal masks representing their favorite animals. Art, culture, and creation!
Kids challenge their understanding of the world around them and consider the impact man has on the environment and animal life. They examine a Tlingit piece, read two Tlingit stories about man and animals, then participate in a research project. They'll each research one animal, then write a brochure or infomercial on how that animal should be treated and what their future may hold.
Here is a great way to get the brain going. Children look at an image of the sculpture, Jar and then imagine what an animal would look like as it moved inside the sculpture. They then use clay and cookie cutters to create a three-dimensional jar, in which they will put an animal cut out. They write creative pieces, describing what the animal is doing, seeing, and feeling inside their jar.
I've always feel that the best lessons or units are ones that employ multiple content areas as a way to foster a complete topical understanding. Third graders research and study animal adaptations and then use their findings to write narratives that include scientific criterion. This activity is all about literacy and science! The activity is completely designed for addressing Common Core standards and breaks down the relevance of each task in relation to the standards they meet. Worksheets, rubrics, multiple web links, and helpful teaching tips are all provided.
Before a trip to the zoo, you can have your students complete these motivating activities. Learners listen to the book Do Pigs Have Stripes by Melanie Walsh, and classify a group of animals based on attributes. Then students draw a picture of animals they could see at the zoo, and use a Venn diagram to compare animals, such as giraffes, elephants, zebras, etc. Finally, students head to the computer lab to write a sentence about a zoo animal.
Students study the resources provided by farm animals and practice their descriptive writing. In this farm animal and writing lesson, students listen to read aloud books about farm animals. They work in groups to write about an animal by looking at its picture. They make a mural of farm animals as resources.
Eighth graders examine resources that relate to human settlement in Makushin Bay - Uguudax- on Unalaska Island in the Aleutian Chain of Alaska. In this Geography lesson ,students predict where settlement sites would have been located, based on the availability of food and other resources. Students compare their predictions with the actual locations of sites.
A three-minute clip covers a new strategy for protecting the coral reefs of Fiji while still allowing fishermen to harvest the fish that people survive on. Connectivity is the name of the game. This colorfully animated resource is a worthy example of sustainable practices that you can use as a discussion-starter on sustainability or protecting endangered species and special habitats.
Second graders research an animal that is of interest to them. In this animal biology lesson, 2nd graders conduct research and complete an organizing sheet, cut photos of their animal out of magazines, create captions for the photos, and compile them in an album format. The organizer and guidelines worksheets are included in this lesson.
Here is an art lesson plan that combines visual arts and language arts into one very nice package. In it, youngsters study a fascinating painting called Painting of Bear and Sun Dances. They begin to understand the importance of traditional dances in Indian culture, and how animals were such an important part of their cultural lives. After a careful study of the painting, which is embedded in the plan, learners write a short piece about an animal of their own choosing. An excellent, cross-curricular lesson plan.