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Jessica Knorr
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Science
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Level:
Lower Elementary
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    2nd Grade Informative Writing Animal Features of Survival

    2nd Grade Informative Writing Animal Features of Survival

    Overview

    Students will learn that animals have parts that are called features, and those features have functions that allow them to survive in their habitat. Students will conduct research on an animal of their choice and write an informative paragraph about that animals features.

    Summary

    Students will research an animal of their choice and identify 3 features that allow it to survie in its habitat. Students will write an informative paragraph explaining how the features allow the animal to survie.

    • 1 Week of writing and science time

    • Format face-to-face

    • Authors:

      •  myself

      • Caption Photo Credit:  Moore, LarryD, Rabbit in Oklahoma. From https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rabbit_in_Oklahoma_2018.jpg

      • Cheston, Becky. “Habitats.” Salem Press Primary Encyclopedia, Jan. 2022. EBSCOhost, discovery.ebsco.com/linkprocessor/plink?id=418a58a0-65ff-337a-aefb-4e6504a848c0.

     

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to write an informative text on animal features of survival in a habitat by introducing a topic, develop points with 3 facts, and providing a concluding statement.

    • Students will be able to identify 3 animal structures that allow it to survive in it's habitat and explain how the features allow the animal to survive. 

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of informative writing. They should have practiced writng a topic senctence, three or more supporing sentences with facts, and a concluding sentence.

    • Prior to this lesson, students should have been introduced to the different habitats of the world and basic animal structures and their functions.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Consider making the assignment a group project for students who need extra support. Students who need more of a challenge can do reasearch on two animals and compare and contrast the two.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    1. Review habitats by reading: Ebsco: Habitats

    Reveiew the definitions of structures and functions of living things

    Video on Structure an Function of Living Things

    2. Use Worldbook Worldbook Kids to demonstrate how to research a specific animal. Our goal is to be able to identify animal features and the functions of the features that allow the animal to survive in their habitat.

    Answer these questions as a class in a journal:

    1. What is the animal’s name?
    2. What is the animal’s habitat?
    3. What are 3 features the animal has to survive in its habitat?
    4. What are the functions of the features that allow the animal to survive?

     

    3. Next have students conduct their own research on Worldbook Kids

    Have students answer these questions in their journal:

    1. What is the animal’s name?
    2. What is the animal’s habitat?
    3. What are 3 features the animal has to survive in its habitat?
    4. What are the functions of the features that allow the animal to survive?

     

    4. Demonstrate how to write an explanatory paragraph about the example animal, using the notes taken as a class.

      • Sentence 1: introduce the topic
      • Sentences 2-4 support the topic with 3 fact
      •  Final sentence: concluding statement.

    5. Have students write their own explanatory paragraph on their own animal using the notes they took.

      • Sentence 1: introduce the topic
      • Sentences 2-4 support the topic with 3 fact
      • Final sentence: concluding statement

    6. Have students grade a partner’s paragraph using the grading rubric.

    7. Have students turn in their writing.

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Name____________________________________________   Date_______________

    2nd Grade Animal Features and Functions of Survival

    Explanatory Writing

    Description: Write an explanatory paragraph on the structures of an animal and the structures functions that allow an animal to survive in its habitat.

     1 Point0 Points

    Introduction Sentence

    Student wrote an introduction sentence naming the animal and its habitat.

    Student did not write an introduction sentence naming the animal and its habitat.

    Supporting sentence with fact one.

    Student wrote a supporting sentence explaining one feature and its function.

    Student did not write a supporting sentence explaining one feature and its function.

    Supporting sentence with fact two.

     

    Student wrote a second supporting sentence explaining another feature and its function.

     

    Student did not write a second supporting sentence explaining another feature and its function

    Supporting sentence with fact three.

     

    Student wrote a third supporting sentence explaining another feature and its function.

     

    Student did no write a third supporting sentence explaining another feature and its function.

     

    Concluding sentence.

     

    Student wrote a concluding sentence about the animal.

     

     

    Student did not write a concluding sentence.

     

    POINTS____/5

    Standards

     

    Science Standard 2.2.2
    Plan and carry out an investigation of the structure and function of plant and animal parts in different habitats. Emphasize how different plants and animals have different structures to survive in their habitat. Examples could include the shallow roots of a cactus in the desert or the seasonal changes in the fur coat of a wolf. (LS1.A, LS4.A, LS4.D)

     

    Writing Standard 2
    Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.