Teacher: Brylyn Cowling
Name of Project: Animal Habitats
Grade Level: 2nd Grade
Other Subject Areas: Technology
Duration: 4 Days
Class Roster: 20
Project Idea Summary
- First, I will discuss with the class different natural environments. We will discuss the term habitat, and talk about many different kinds and types of animals and their habitats. I will allow my students to break up into small groups and play The Great Habitat Match Up on the iPads. We will continue discussing forests, deserts, grasslands, and wetlands until students have a clear understanding of what a habitat is and what all it consists of. Once the students have a solid understanding, I will have them draw a picture of the habitat they would like to visit. Students will include on the bottom of their picture in writing why they want to visit this habitat. Students will present their drawings to the class and explain why they want to visit their chosen habitat. After the drawings are complete, I will determine which habitat the most students wanted to visit. After determining the habitat the majority of the class wanted to visit, as a class, we will transform our classroom door into that habitat for the parents to view on open house night. The pictures the students created will be hanging outside of the classroom for parents to see. Every day we will recite our Habitats Poem to reinforce which animals belong to which habitat.
- Class, think of all the many animals in our world. Where do they live? What do their homes look like? What all animals live in their habitats? What habitat would you like to visit?
ACCRS to be Taught and Assessed
- 23. Write informative or explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop a point, and provide a concluding statement.
- 27. Participate in shared research or writing projects.
- 28. Recall information from experiences or gather information from sources to answer a question.
- 29. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and with peers and adults in small and/or large groups.
- 35. Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking
Science: (National Academy of Sciences Standards)
- Life Science: Organisms and Environments
- Life Science: Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment.
21st Century Competencies to be Taught and Assessed
- Oral Presentation
Formative Assessment (During Project)
- Observation of Students’ Work
- Informal classroom assessment on different habitats along with documentation of classroom participation
Summative Assessment (After Project)
- Oral Presentation with Grading Rubric
- Internet Access
- iPad/Computer for every 3-4 students
- Colored Pencils
- Construction Paper
- Large Rolls/Spools of Paper