Lesson Plan

Creature Features

Students will use a variety of digital tools to demonstrate their knowledge of animals and their habitats.
Catherine B.
Classroom teacher
Copper Mesa Elementary (Highlands Ranch, CO)
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

-Identify what a habitat is

-Identify their chosen animal's habitat

-Describe how their animal is adapted to their environment


Grades K – 1
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1 Hook

Activity: Exploring

Students will watch Discovery Education's Animal Alphabet  (Note that you must have a Discovery Education account to view this).  

This movie explores animals from across the world and includes a few interesting facts about each.  Students may decide to choose one of these animals to further explore.  


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Investigating

Students will use a QR reader to scan QR codes that will direct them to movies about specific animals.  

3 Guided Practice

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Padlets will be created for the various animals.  Students can add new pictures of the animals, and add facts.  Teacher will include outside links (Discovery Education movies, National Geographic for Kids articles and videos, etc). 

Teacher may also add in questions for students to answer:

1) What is this animal's habitat?

2) What features does this animal have that make it will suited to it's environment?

4 Independent Practice

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Students explore facts about their animal using Pebble Go, and take notes using an appropriate graphic organizer. 

5 Wrap-Up

As their final summative project, students will either draw their animal using the background doodle feature or, with adult assistance, use an image found on a creative commons site of their animal.  

Students can create an avatar that looks like them

Students will use their information off their graphic organizers, adding their name, 2-3 facts about their animal and the phrase "Can you guess my animal?". 

Student Tellagamis will be published on a Virtual Zoo Google Site.