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Conserving our Spectacular, Vulnerable Coral Reefs
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.
Arctic Animals: How Do They Measure Up?
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.
Animation Basics: The Option Illusion of Motion
From creating simple flip books to watching Saturday morning cartoons, we have all experienced the magic of animation. But how is it that a series of still images can be brought to life? It all has to do with the speed at which our brain processes what we see. Learn a brief history behind our current understanding of visual perception, and look at examples that demonstrate how our brains trick us into seeing motion. An interesting video to include in an art lesson plan on animation, or an exploration of cognitive process in the human brain.
A Day inthe Life of a San Francisco Native Animal
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!
We Need Farm Animals
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.
Life Science (1c)-Classify Animals
Students classify animals by similarities. In this animal biology lesson, students create a chart where they classify animals based on criteria set by the teacher.
Inquiry into Endangered Animals
Students explore endangered animals. In this endangered animals lesson, students categorize photos of animals. Students choose an animal and write a few sentences about why they put it in that category.
Enriching Student Inquiry into Endangered Animals
Students complete a unit pertaining to endangered animals. In this animal lesson, students read the book Hoot and research an endangered animal to complete a presentation about. Students write a persuasive essay answering the question of whether or not there should be zoos.
Launching an Inquiry into Endangered Animals
Young scholars explore endangered animals. For 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.
Lesson: Animal Journeys
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.
Lesson: Differing World Views: Human and Animals
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.
Plant and Animal Classification
Students examine a painting by Frans Snyders and use Internet research to classify the animals portrayed in the painting according to genus and species.
New! How Big is a Mole? (Not the Animal, the Other One)
Who was Lorenzo Romano Amedeo Carlo Avogadro? He was the guy who suggested that equal volumes of gases at the same temperature and pressure should contain equal numbers of molecules. This eventually led to a new quantity for the number of particles, that is 602 sextillion! In this four-minute film, young chemists learn exactly what this means. After the video, they can answer a few questions as a review, and link to other resources about Avogadro's number and general chemistry.
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.
Grade 3 Literacy in Science: Animal Adaptations
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 lesson is all about literacy and science! The lesson 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.
Makushin Bay: Its Resources and People
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 instructional activity ,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.
Creating a Wild Family Album
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.
My Animal Symbol
Here is an art lesson 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.
New! Natural Resources Bingo
Bingo isn't just a silly game, it's a great way to practice all types of skills. After reviewing that the earth is composed of natural resources, what those natural resources are, and sustainability, the class plays a game of bingo. The game focuses on categorizing and identifying various objects to determine what type of natural resource they are. The wrap-up discussion prompts could easily be used as writing prompts instead.
New! Animal Dance
The image Painting of Bear and Sun Dances by Louis Fenno contains an image of a traditional Ute dance. The class will hone their observation skills, as well as their ability to describe in detail, as they take a close look at the piece. Pupils will work together as they compare and contrast the top and bottom halves of the painting and use what they see to create their own versions of a traditional animal dance.