Author:
norlene
Subject:
Educational Technology, Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Upper Elementary
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License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Text/HTML, Video

Education Standards

Animal Adaptations

Animal Adaptations

Overview

This lesson plan is designed to help 3rd grade teachers teach their students how animal charateristics help them survive ina habitat  The activities in the lesson can be completed in 1- 3 hours. This lesson is taught as a whole group ,in small groups  in person or online.  The slide presentation will be completed as a partner assignment. The lesson plan is created by the author (Norlene Hamann) using resources from Youtube, Worldbook kids, and National Geographic Kids.

Summary

Time limit 1 hour - 3 hours

Face to Face

This lesson plan is designed to help 3rd grade teachers teach their students how animal charateristics help them survive ina habitat  The activities in the lesson can be completed in 1- 3 hours. This lesson is taught as a whole group ,in small groups  in person or online.  The slide presentation will be completed as a partner assignment. The lesson plan is created by the author (Norlene Hamann) using resources from Youtube, Worldbook kids, and National Geographic Kids.

Example of Presentation

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qOIHExCl89Z2vdi4tRthUYD9tfViBWYx7VjZXlS7Egc/edit#slide=id.p

 

Background for Teachers

 

 

Students will need to understand how to use Google Slides or Powerpoint. 

Students may will also need to understand how to take pictures on a mobile device such as a cell phone , digital camera, or tablet.

Students may also be interested in how to use the filters associated with their device.

Vocabulary

Characteristics, survival, habitat, offspring, environment, hereditary, camoflauge, trait

Search the following resources in Utah's Online Library for articles related to this lesson

Google Slides for Beginners

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7wvajrAxUQ

Powerpoint for Beginners

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fACEzzmXelY

 

 

 

 

Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

 

 

 

Standard 3.2.4
Construct an explanation showing how variations in traits and behaviors can affect the ability of an individual to survive and reproduce. Examples of traits could include large thorns protecting a plant from being eaten or strong smelling flowers to attracting certain pollinators. Examples of behaviors could include animals living in groups for protection or migrating to find more food.

Learning Intentions

Student will be able to research, create a presentation, and share a presentation about how variations in traits and behaviors can affect the ability of an individual to survive and reproduce.

Student Criteria

What are we learning?

I can research, create, and share a presentation about how variations in traits and behaviors can affect the ability to survive and reproduce.

Why should we lean this?

I will understand how organisms use variations to survive in a given habitat.

How will I know I have mastered this concept?

Can I research, create, and share a presentation about how variations in traits and behaviors can affect the ability to survive and reproduce?

Student data

The students will use a rubric for the following assessments

Students will create a Google Slide or Powerpoint presentation about how variations can in trait and behaviors can help an organism survive in a habitat.

Students will use the animal Survival rubric for the presentation

Students will record at least 4 other students  animal traits used to survive.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

 

Student Background Knowledge

In this section, include how you will activate student background knowledge. You may include content standards that should already be mastered, or you can use the following sentence starter to help you describe what students need to know or be able to do:

  • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of...

Strategies for Diverse Learners

Allow students to work with partners on this project.

Allow students to record the narration of their project.

Step 3 - Instruction

 

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT:

Animals have charateristics that help them and their offspring survive in a habitat. Watch this video that describes diferent types of traits animals have to survive.

As a whole group watch the following video and write down the characteristics that the animals use to survive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY4NNxka_to

PRETEACH:

 Let’s explore a little bit more. 

What else can we find out about animal traits and survival?

Get with your table group.  Watch the following video. Write down how many different traits the animals portrayed in the video which help them survive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7jwJ2bI9Lg

Explain:

Read the following article about 4 types of animal adaptations to their habitat. As a small group find and write an example in the article that demonstrates each trait type.

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/article/adaptation-and-survival/3rd-grade/

Apply:

With a partner Choose an animal and create a slide presentation using Google Slides or Powerpoint. The presentation should contain at least 4 slides with captions discussing the trait or characteristics your animal has that helps it adapt to its habitat. Students will go to https://onlinelibrary.uen.org/ Go to worldbook kids or worldbook student to research their animal. Students will use the rubric for their presentation. https://www.uen.org/rubric/previewRubric?id=37212