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Jessica Knorr
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Lower Elementary
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    Animal Features Project

    Animal Features  Project

    Overview

    This lesson plan is for 2nd grade science. Students take or use a photo of an animal and edit it using Adobe or a similar program to add labels of animal features. Students will conduct research about the animal and use notes to create the labels and present their photo to the class and explain the functions of the labeled features to the class.

    Summary

    On a field trip to the zoo, students will use a tablet to photograph an animal. Later in class they will use Adobe to edit the photo to creat a diagram labeling features of the animal that allow it to survive in it's habitat. Then will present their diagram and further explain the function of the labeled features.

    • Time: 5 science blocks
    • Format: synchronous, face-to-face
    • Hogle Zoo Sign, An Errant, Knight, CC BY-SA 4.0), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hogle_Zoo_sign,_Mar_17.jpg
    • Giraffe/Adobe Stock Photo
    • "A dolphin's sharp teeth help it catch fish, its main food." World Book Kids, World Book, 2023. Online image,

         www.worldbookonline.com/kids/media?id=pc325937. Accessed 19 Feb. 2023.
    • "A spider monkey can use its long and thin tail to grab and hold onto branches." World Book Kids, World Book, 2023. Online image,
         www.worldbookonline.com/kids/media?id=pc045102. Accessed 19 Feb. 2023.
      Brunelle, Lynn. "Swim with seahorses: discover the body parts that help this odd animal survive."

       

      National Geographic Explorer: Pioneer, vol. 14, no. 1, Sept. 2014, pp. 2+. Gale In Context: Elementary, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A385998364/ITKE?u=onlinelibrary&sid=bookmark-ITKE&xid=b02689b8. Accessed 19 Feb. 2023.

       

    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson you will need an understanding of the differert habitats, basic structures of anmials and their functions (feature: talons. function: holding on to prey). You will also need to know how to take and save photos on a tablet, photo sharing, and a program such as Adobe to help students create their final project. 

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

    On the hunt: how five clever predators bag their lunch

    structure and function worksheet

    Worldbook Kids Photos:

    A dolphin's sharp teeth help it catch fish, its main food.

    A spider monkey can use its long and thin tail to grab and hold onto branches.

    Gale in Context Article:

    Swim with seahorses: discover the body parts that help this odd animal survive

    Website:

    https://www.generationgenius.com/structure-and-function-of-living-things/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to take a photo of an animal and use Adobe(or simialar program) to add labels.
    • Students will be able to identify animal features and explain their functions.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will present their photo to the class and describe the functions of the labeled animal features and how they allow the animal to survive in its habitat.

     

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    Prior to this lesson, students will need to be familar with

    • taking photos
    • identifying habitats
    •  identifying features of animals
    • understanding the functions of animal features

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    This lesson can be adjusted so that a field trip is not necessary. You could have a virtual field trip or simply provide students with photos to use such as free photos in the Adobe app, or any photos with proper citation. This lesson could be done with online research only.

    Step 3 - Instruction

     

    Introduce or review animal features and functions:

    Use some or all of the links provided depending on how much background knowledge your students have.

    Read:

    Website: Structure & Function for Kids from Generation Genius

    https://www.generationgenius.com/structure-and-function-of-living-things/

    Worldbook Kids Photos:

    A dolphin's sharp teeth help it catch fish, its main food.

    A spider monkey can use its long and thin tail to grab and hold onto branches.

    Gale in Context Article:

    Swim with seahorses: discover the body parts that help this odd animal survive

    Reading with accompanying worksheet:

    On the hunt: how five clever predators bag their lunch

    structure and function worksheet

     

    Introduce students to project:

    On our field trip to the zoo your group supervisor will bring one of our tablets. You will use it to take a photo of any animal that you would like to use in your project. You will need a photo that shows almost the entire animal so that you can label 4 different animal parts/features. While you are at the zoo you will use the note paper (attached) to take notes about what you know about the animal (name, habitat, features and their functions). We will complete the note paper in class by doing additional research online. We want to make sure we have correct information so we will check our work by doing research online.

    Take photos and notes:

    Go on field trip and have students take photos, write notes (see attached note paper), and discuss the notes with their group.

    Research:

    After the field trip, demonstrate how to research an animal and then provide students with timeto research and complete their notes as needed using Utah’s Online School Library.

    Use resources in Utah's Online School Library

     

    Editing Photos:

    Demonstrate to students how to use Adobe (or similar program) to edit their photo and add labels. Since students have taken their own photo, demonstrate how to add their name to their project for photo credit. Explain that it is important to make sure you have permision to use someone elses photo and to always give credit to the person who created the image.

    Allow students time to use Adobe (or similar program) to edit their photo and add labels using their notes.

    See Attached Exemplar Project

     


     

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Have students present their photo to the class and evalute them using the attached rubric.

    In their presentation students should:

    • Explain how they took or aquired their photo  and presnting proper photo citation if necessary
    • Show the title/label of the animal name and habitat
    • Present the labeled features
    • Explain the function of each labeled featue