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Learners study the Arctic polar bear, and its body coverings, to see how it survives in the harsh Arctic climate. This activity was developed in North Carolina, and specifically suggests a trip to the North Carolina Zoological Park. However, the basis of the activity could be completed without the field trip component. There is a good hands-on simulation involving thermometers, and some excellent supplemental information and extension ideas embedded in the plan.
Get your feet wet in the area of watershed health through a field investigation in a local stream. If there is a local aquarium or zoo you can visit, begin the adventure there by studying local river flora and fauna. If there isn't a zoo nearby or you can't get the kids out for a field trip, take a virtual field trip in the computer lab. Continue with a field investigation at a nearby stream studying the water flow, pH, and more. Although the activities found here are designed for North Carolina, the plan could be adapted for your own region with a few changes.
Take a field trip to observe Koalas, absolutely! Budding scientists become familiar with the Koala's position in the food chain. They answer questions based on what they see and draw a food chain explaining the Koalas position. Tip: A lesson like this can be associated with any animal common to your local area.
Students design paper moths that are camouflaged in the classroom setting. In this Zoology lesson, students take their understanding of survival strategies like mimicry and camouflage to "hide" paper moths in pain sight. Other students then act as "birds" to find the moths.
Students create nature journals. In this introduction to the nature journal activity, students discover the uses of nature journals and begin their own. Students are challenged to use vivid, concise terms in their descriptive language. Activities include describing different birds and following the behavior of a species from a webcam.
Students study the rocks and fossils associated with the geologic landscape of Iowa. In this rocks and fossils lesson, students examine fossils that would be found in the Iowa landscape that show evidence of marine invertebrates such as crinoids. They look at the Iowa state rock; the geode and make their own fossils.
In this scientific method worksheet, students read and discuss a 2 page article on the scientific method, match 3 founders of the scientific method with what they found or produced, answer 4 statements as true or false, list 3 crucial parts of the scientific method and answer one multiple choice question.
Students distinguish between invertebrate and vertebrate organisms while examining the zoological classes of a number of invertebrates. They illustrate a food web of these organisms and investigate the impact of humans on the oceanic environment while completing the attached handouts.
Students study the characteristics of animals in African habitats. In this African animals lesson, students discuss the questions from the given link and create a KWLH chart about zoos with four columns to record information about African animals. Students then work in groups to study pictures of African animals in zoo habitats. Students view a video and select an African animal and record observations about the animals. Students create a PowerPoint for the activity.
Second graders examine the life cycle of plants and animals. In this life cycle lesson, 2nd graders watch a PowerPoint presentation and students discuss the characteristics of camels, crickets and fleas. Students review facts about animal lives and compare and contrast the facts about the new animals they have studied.