Discovering Habitats Worksheet
Habitats & Photography
This lesson plan teaches students about the habitats found around the world and encourages digital fluency by requiring them to explore digital resourses and create an Adobe Photo Page. First, students will question, discuss, view, explore, read, and research to build their knowledge. Then they will demonstrate this knowlege by choosing a habitiat, selecting appropriate photos, adding descriptive informational text, and providing correct citations to their projects. They will then publish and share their projects with their peers.
Intro Image Citation:
Nambia Desert Sand, By FuN_Lucky, PixaBay License https://pixabay.com/photos/namibia-desert-sand-dune-dust-2049203/
In this lesson, students will learn what a habitat is and explore the different habitats that can be found on earth. After viewing, reading, and researching, students will then demonstrate their knowlege of habitats by creating an Adobe Spark Page to present to their peers.
This lesson will take about two hours to complete with an additional hour for presentation sharing. It may be divided into 3 sessions if needed.
This lesson was developed for face to face teaching, but may be adapted for self-paced, or a virtual class.
Background for Teachers
In this lesson, teachers need an understanding of habitiats found around the world, how animals adapt to survive in different habitats, and how to use Adobe Spark Page.
Back Ground Information:
- Habitat: A habitat is a place where an organism makes its home. A habitat meets all the environmental conditions an organism needs to survive. ... The main components of a habitat are shelter, water, food, and space.
- Main Habitats around the worlds: Forest, Desert, Polar, grasslands, Rainforests, Oceans, tundra
The following resourses can help you teach this topic:
- Habitat video
- Kids National Geographic: Habitats
- Kids Britannica Habitats Article
- Adobe Spark Page Tutorial
Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes
- Students will learn about different habitats on earth and understand how some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Students will investigate how organisms and habitats form systems in which the parts depend upon each other.
- Students will learn to research a topic and build and present knowledge
- Students will understand how to recall information from experiences and gather information from print and digital sources.
- Students will describe one of the habitats found on earth and also explain how animals adapt to survive there by creating an Adobe Spark Page.
- Students will share their knowlege by both publishing and presenting their Adobe Spark Page to their peers.
Step 2 - Planning Instruction
Student Background Knowledge
- Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of basic online researching tools such as kidrex, kidtopia, safe search kids and duck duck go.
- Students need to understand how to navigate a computer and find specific websites.
- Students need to know how to give attribution to a webpage or photo by providing proper MLA citation.
Strategies for Diverse Learners
For diverse learners, consider having students work in pairs and/or allowing more time to research information and create Adobe project.
Step 3 - Instruction
Pass out a sheet of blank paper to the students. Ask them to draw a picture of their homes and include things that their homes provide that help them survive.
As a class, brainstorm a list of items with the students and list a few on the board. Give them a few minutes to draw.
After completing their pictures, have the students participate in a "Think/Pair/Share" with their neighbors. Have them discuss the following questions:
- "What did they include in their picture that is important for their survival."
- "Did they draw similar or different items?"
Next, explain that our homes are similar to the habitats animals/organisms live in around the world. Tell the students that just as our homes provide shelter, water, food and space for us, an animal’s habitat provides all the environmental conditions to help them survive.
Tell the students that you are going to be watching a short YouTube video. It will describe the different habitats found around the world and how animals adapt to survive there.
Pass out the attached worksheet. Ask students to complete the worksheet as they watch the video to help them remember some of the key facts they will be learning.
Show the video linked below:
After the video, have the students form an inside outside circle. Then have the students take turns sharing/discussing the information they learned. Once finished, have the students return to their seats.
Next, show the class your Adobe Spark Photo Page titled "Habitat: The Desert."
Then, tell the students that they will be using the Adobe Spark Photo Page to create a gliding informational report about a habitat of their choosing. Their presentations must include a title page with photo, 3 accompanying photo pages, 3 informational descriptions, and correct photo/website citations.
As a class or individually, have students review how to use Adobe Spark using the video below:
Before beginning their projects, remind students that it is important to use correct citations and give attribution to photographers' and authors' materials they use. Tell them how to correctly cite photos and websites by describing the requirements below. Then list them on the board so students can refer back to them as they work.
For Photos students must list:
- Title, Name of Creator, Type of Creative Commons license, and URL where image is hosted.
For Websites student must list:
- Author's name (Last, First), Title, Name of Website (in Italics), Publication date (Day, Month, year), and URL
You may give students the option to work in pairs on the project.
After choosing a habitat, students will use a chromebook, computer, or ipad and go to the Adobe Spark Webpage below:
Once logged into Adobe Spark, students will navigate the website and search for pictures that demonstrate their habitat.
After selecting their photos, tell students to use digital or print resources to find facts and information about their habitat that they can add to their project. Provide the students with the websites below to find information:
Step 4 - Assessments
In the Anticapatory set, teachers will question, observe and have a discussion with students about the habitat they live in.
Students with particapte in a Think/Pair/Share and discuss the pictures of their habitat they drew.
Students will particiapte in Inside/Outside Circle to demonstrate their knowlege of habitats, and animal adaptations within each habitat following the habitat video.
Students will create an Adobe Spark Photo Page on a habitat of their choosing. They will include photos, informational text, and correct citations.
Students will share and publish their Photo pages by presenting them to the class.
For more specific information, read through the attatched Rubric Below:
Example of Student work: