Katelin Gortat, Roseline Etienne, Sara Johnson, Gayle Chancey October 24, 2011
Animal Habitats Unit
Our unit focuses on animals and their habitats. This unit is to introduce students to Life Science. One of the core curriculum standards for Utah second grade is Life Science. According to Utah Department of Education (n.d.), Standard 4 of the Science Curriculum for 2nd grade states "Students will gain an understanding of Life Science through the study of changes in organisms over time and the nature of living things" (Science 2nd Grade). Objective 1 of Standard 4 states that students will be able to tell how animal's external features affect's the animal's ability to survive in its environment (Utah Department of Education, n.d.). Objective 2 of the same Standard states that students will be able to identify the basic needs of living things (plants and animals) in different habitats (Utah Department of Education, n.d.).
To introduce the unit to students, the teacher will explain to the class what they will be learning about. The teacher will then read the class some books to introduce them to what animals and habitats are. The following is a list of books that will be used to introduce the unit. * What Do You Do With a Tail Like That?, by Steve Jenkins * Many Kinds of Animals, by Bobbie Kalman
* Cold, Colder, Coldest: Animals That Adapt to Cold Weather (Animal Extremes), Michael Dahl
Students will listen while the teacher reads the books. Students will ask questions and participate in discuss about animals and habitats after the books have been read. The group will discuss different types of animals and habitats as a group.
Lesson # 1
Written By: Sara Johnson
Grade/Class/Subject: 2nd Grade Science
Unit/Theme: Animal habitat
Standards: Classify types of animals and their habitats.
1. Students will be able to identify types of animals and categorize them into different animal classes. 2. Students will gain knowledge of various habitats and understand why animals live in certain habitats. Language Objective(s):
1. Students will refer to vocabulary lists to learn about different types of animals and habitats. 2. Students will collaborate with others to gain a better understanding of the vocabulary words.
The students will work in groups of 3 to complete the Animals and Habitats handout. Each student will complete their own handout but will collaborate with the group. The students will use lesson one notes and vocabulary lists to complete the handout. To complete the handout, the students must cut out the pictures from the animal bank and glue them in the box next to the appropriate habitat. The students will label each animal: mammal, reptile, amphibian, insect, or bird.
* Mammal- warm blooded animal with the following characteristics: have hair or fur, breathe air, feed their young milk
* Reptile – cold-blooded animal with the following characteristics: has dry skins and scales, breathe air, and lays eggs
* Amphibian – a cold-blooded animal with the following characteristics: has smooth wet or slimy skins, spends part of their life in water and part on land
* Bird – a warm-blooded animal with the following characteristics: has wings and feathers, breathes air, and lays eggs
* Insect- an animal with the following characteristics: has no bones and three main body parts and six legs
* Rain Forest – a tropical forest found in areas with heavy rainfall
* Ocean- a whole large body of salt water
* Wet Land- swampy land
* Desert- dry land covered in sand with very hot climates
* Arctic- very cold land
* Animals and Habitats handout
* Vocabulary List
Assessment Method(s): Students will be assessed by observation of group collaboration. The...