Lesson Plan

Animal Diversity- 2 periods

Students will learn that animals have different needs and structures that help to survive.
Cory G.
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P.S. 312 Bergen Beach
Brooklyn, NY
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  1. identify that animals have 3 basic needs; air, water and food.
  2. recognize how differences among individuals within a species can help an organism or population to survive.
  3. examine animals' different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
Subjects
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Grades K – 2
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1 Hook

Students will take a virtual field the San Diego Zoo.  While there the students will discuss their observations of the animals.  Part of the discussion will focus on the physical properties of the animals and the behavior of the animals.

 

 

2 Direct Instruction

On the IWB the class will watch the video- Classifying Animals from the BrainPOP Jr. website. 

Prior to the video- the teacher will front-load vocabulary for the students:

  • mammal
  • bird
  • amphibian
  • reptile
  • fish

During the video, the students will discuss the Notebook questions.

After the video, as a class, students will complete the quiz (easy or hard- depending on the grade level).

3 Guided Practice

After the video, as a class, students will complete the quiz (easy or hard- depending on the grade level).

4 Independent Practice

Using- http://www.enchantedlearning.com/coloring/

children will research an animal of their choosing for the following information:

  • classification
  • physical description
  • adaptations
  • etc

Children will KidPix 3D or any drawing program or website to create an poster of their animal.  Depending on the grade level, with or without assistance, students will type 1-2 facts about their animal.

Student Instructions
  • Draw an animal using a digital format.  Your drawing needs to be detailed and the animal’s structure(s) needed to be apparent.

 

  • Also include at least 2 facts you learned about animals and their structure, and explain at least 1 function.

5 Rubric for Illustration

Activity: Assessing

 

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Drawing

Student drew an animal using a digital format.  Drawing was detailed and the animal’s structure(s) was apparent.

Student drew an animal using a digital format.  Drawing was detailed and the animal’s structure(s) was somewhat apparent.

Student drew an animal using a digital format.  Drawing was detailed and the animal’s structure(s) was somewhat unclear.

Student drew an animal using a digital format.  Drawing was detailed and the animal’s structure(s) was unclear.

Content

(With or without assistance)

Student included at least 2 facts learned about animals and their structure, and explained at least 1 function.

Student included at least 1 fact learned about animal structure and explains its function.

Student included 1 fact learned about animals.

Student did not include any facts learned about animals.

 

6 Wrap-up

Activity: Presenting

Students will graded based on rubric.  Students will be provided with glows and grows.  Selected students will present their poster to the class and some will be displayed on the bulletin board.