Author:
Madison Thompson
Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Lower Elementary
Tags:
Lesson Plan
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Text/HTML

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Animal Comparison Lesson Plan

Animal Comparison Lesson Plan

Overview

This lesson plan is designed to help lower grade teachers teach their students to compare different animals. The activity in the lesson can be completed in 30-40 minutes in small groups as part of a whole group lesson in person or online.  The lesson plan is created by the author using resources from Youtube, and World Book."American black bear with cubs" World Book Kids, World Book, 2022. Online image,

www.worldbookonline.com/kids/media?id=pc372410. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

Summary

This lesson plan is designed to help lower grade teachers teach their students to compare different animals. The activity in the lesson can be completed in 30-40 minutes in small groups as part of a whole group lesson in person or online.  The lesson plan is created by the author using resources from Youtube, and World Book.

Background for Teachers

To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Animal adapations
  • Animal Habitats
  • Compare/Contrast Skills

You will need knowledge about Google Docs and what the best method there us for using them with your students.

Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

Learning Intentions:

  • Students will be able to identify 2 patterns different animals have.
  • Students will be able to state 2 different facts about 2 different animals.
  • Students will compare how the animals are similar and different.

Success Criteria:

  • Students will use Google Docs to compare 2 different animals based on facts they researched during the lesson.
  • Students will complete either the online form or the printable version of the learning summary.

 

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

Step 2 Planning Instruction

Student Background Knowledge

  • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of animals and animal habitats.
  • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have prior experience with using Google Docs.

Strategies for Diverse Learners

  • If needed, teachers can adjust the lesson plan by pre-teaching vocabulary, scafolding instruction, adjusting small groups to best meet the needs of the students, frequently check for student understanding, 

Step 3 - Instruction

Step 3 Instruction

Bolded lines are what the teacher could say. During the actual research activity the teacher should walk around and monitor while the students are working in groups.

Student Engagement:

Look at these two pictures. I want you to write down everything you notice and everything you wonder about the rabbits.

  • Have students examin 2 pictures of different rabbits (resources linked below)
  • Have students write down everything they notice and everything they wonder about the rabbits.
  • Have a discussion (below are some prompts)
    • What patterns do you notice in these rabbits?
    • What is different about the patterns in their features?
    • Do you think they live in the same place? Why?
    • What type of place do you think each rabbit lives in?

Explain:

What information can you find on different animals? Research at least 2 animals from the same habitat that are the most interesting to you.

  • Students will get into groups of 4 people to investigate two kinds of animals of their choice (ex. whales, frogs, foxes, birds, bears, etc.) With their findings they will answer the questions, “What patterns are there between these animals?” “What is different about the patterns in their features?” “What habitats do these animals live in?” 
    • Each person in the group will have a role to play. The roles are: Leader, two readers, and a fact collector. Each student will come together to help create a Google Doc for the animals they are studying.

APPLY:

With your group, use this Google Doc to compare 2 different animals.  Please make a copy of the doc to save to your drive.  Remember to read all of the instructions to make sure you include the information needed.  

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_eeKxAc-HDIVYJ3-1Xa3d27APziRf_y9a1mbL7d1nis/edit?usp=sharing

Research you animals from our library and Worldbookonline.com

Students being researching and filling out the Google doc while the teacher monitors and answers questions.

SHARE:

Once you are done please print your animal comparison sheet by clicking the print icon in the top left hand corner.  Once everyone has had a chance to complete and print out their animal sheets.  We will take turns learning from other groups as they share the information they learned from comparing two different types of animals.

Have students take turns sharing in groups or as a whole class about the animals they learned about.

 

Learning outcomes: Students will be achieving the learning goals while they research as a group. The google doc will help the organinze the information they want to remember.

There is an example of the completed form attached.

Step 4 - Assessments

Step 4 Assessments

In order to assess student understanding, students will demonstrate their understanding of the concepts taught during the lesson by completing this summary form (summative), I attached a google doc version if you would like to print it off.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcXZFoacymQqb1NoAsZwaLLqQBGx726RdH7iswIzwmMIucWA/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Formative assements are the discussion at the begining as well as the sharing at the end.