Lesson Plan

Animals Across the Country

Students are learning to use the internet as a tool to research animals.
Melissa Z.
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Springfield, MA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Students are learning to research information and collect data using the internet on the observation of an animal.

Students will understand that computers are linked to each other from around the world.


Grades K - 2
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1 Animals Around the World

Today we are going to observe animals that are across the country  and collect information on them. 

We call this research. Research is information that we collect so we can learn something new. We are collecting data by writing it down on paper. 

Today we are going to the San Diego Zoo to see the live webcam.

Explain what a webcam is, so they better understand how we  are able to see it.

Next, model for the students how you get on the website and how you navigate the website. 


Have the students go to the San Diego  website and explore the different animal cams. After 10 minutes bring them together as a whole class.

Turn and Talk:

What animals did you see?

What were they doing?

This time I want you to pick one animal and draw a sketch of the animal. 

Remember when you draw the body you can use oval for the head, rectangle for the body, make sure to add eyes and mouth, etc...

Go ahead and click on the one you want to draw and write about. Observe what the animal is doing.  Is he sleeping? walking? hiding from the sun? etc..

When the buzzer goes off I want you to go on ABCya storymaker and draw and write about your animal. Make sure that you draw all the features of the animal and you draw the animals habitat. When you are done write one sentence telling me what the animal is doing.



Are the students able to navigate between the two sites?

Are the students able to collect information about the animal and apply what they have learned onto Storymaker.

Informal Observation

Look at the drawing of their picture.

Look at their writing


What did you observe the animal doing. Share out the work with their peers by doing a Gallery Walk.


Gallery Walk is when the students walk around and look at other students work. 

Some questions they may have while they are watching the animal:

Why is their animal sleeping it is light out? 

Where is the animals babies?

What are they eating?

How come I can see  people watching the animals?  (Sometimes you can see people that are at the zoo.)

Why is there no animal on the screen?

It walked away. Where did the animal go?

These are just some of the questions the students may ask.  Depending on your time constraint I would explain to the teacher where they go or what they are doing if they ask. 






Student Instructions

Today you are going to observe animals that  are on the other side of the country.

I would like you to  go on the San Diego Kids website and watch the different webcams.  

Look at the animal:.

What do you notice the animal doing?

What does his habitat look like?

 What does the animal look like? Is he sleeping? hiding? hanging with his family? walking?

I want you to just explore the different animals. When the buzzer goes off I want you to gently close your screens. 

After the buzzer:

Lets go around and share what we have learned about the animals we saw.

Some possible answers: They are hiding under a tree. They are eating.  They are walking. They are playing with their baby. I didn't see the animal so I went to another webcam.

Part 2

I want you to go back on the website and choose one animal to observe. Think about everything we talked about. What does the animal look like? Where are they living? What are they doing? What color is the animal? 

I want you to choose one animal and watch just that animal.  

When you are ready go to ABCya storymaker and  draw a picture of the animals in its habitat and write a sentence about what they are doing.

Some of the sentences you will get:

He is walking. He is sleeping.  He is eating.