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  • Kindergarten
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    What Do Animals Eat?

    What Do Animals Eat?


    This is a lesson plan designed to guide kindergarten students through a  research activity about what animals eat. Students research an animal of their choice, then assemble a presentation using Google Slides to share their research with the class.

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    Students will choose and research an animal. They will discover what their animal eats, then make a Google slideshow to share their findings with the class.

    • 3 45-minute sessions
    • Format: In-person
    • Grade Level: Kindergarten




    Background for Teachers


    • Before teaching this lesson, you will need knowledge about the needs of living things. Explore the Animals section of Gale in Context Elementary to familiarize yourself with the resources your students will be using. 
    • Preview the following video: What Do Animals Eat? 
    • Familiarize yourself with Google Slides.


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes


    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will understand that different animals need different foods to survive.
    • Students will be able to use Gale In Context Elementary to research an animal.
    • Students will discover what foods their animal eats.
    • Students will be able to create a short Google slideshow that they will use to share their findings with the class.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will present their findings to the class using a Google slideshow.
    • Students will use the included rubric to ensure they include the correct information in their presentations.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction


    Student Background Knowledge


    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of the basic needs of all living things. They will need to be familiar with and able to research a topic using Gale in Context for Elementary, either independently or with some assistance. They will need to familiar with and able to create a presentation using Google Slides, either independently or with some assistance.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Less confident readers may use the Read Text tool in Gale. Less confident writers may show their findings using only pictures. 

    Confident readers and writers may use additional articles and/or books to extend their learning. They may also show their findings by writing a paragraph to go along with their pictures.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Day One:

    Remind students that they have chosen a favorite animal to learn more about. Begin a discussion by asking students what all living things need to survive. If they don't mention food, remind them that all living things need food. Ask students to share some of their favorite foods. Have them decide if these would be good foods for animals. Show the video What Do Animals Eat? Tell them that today, they will be doing some research to find out what their animals like to eat.

    Open Gale in Context Elementary. Demonstrate how to navigate to the Animals section and how to search for their animal. Review how to select an article to read and how to highlight information. Remind them how to send their research to their Google Drive. 

    Allow students to research their animals, supporting individual students' research as needed.

    Day Two: 

    Remind students that they each discovered their animal's favorite foods yesterday. Tell them that today, they will be creating a Google slideshow to present their research. Remind students how to find their saved research in their Google Drives. Review how to locate and save images to Google Drive. Demonstrate how to open Google Slides and how to create a new slideshow. They will create a slideshow using the following format: 

    Slide One: What Do ____________(insert animal's name) Eat? (with picture of animal)

    Slide Two: Picture of food with describing word(s) or paragraph 

    Continue with additional slides as needed to show each food they discovered.

    Final Slide: That's what ____________ eat.

    Resources Slide: Have students include a citation for the article(s) used.

    Day Three: Have students share their slideshows with the class.

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Students will present a slideshow about their animal's favorite foods. Assess students' research by critiquing their slideshows and presentations using the attached rubric.