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The teacher will introduce the concept of habitats to the students as well as model for them the characteristics of a habitat.
- "What Type of Habitats?" worksheet (1 per student)
- Images of five quarters featuring national sites
- 1 copy of an age-appropriate text that gives information about habitats, such as:
- I See A Kookaburra! by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
- The ABC's of Habitats by Bobbie Kalman
- About Habitats Series by Cathryn Sill
- Chart paper
- Writing materials
- Digital drawing software program
- Computer access
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the general characteristics of habitats. Students will describe and compare specific habitats.
National Science Teachers Association (www.nsta.org/publications/nses.aspx [www.usmint.gov])
- The world has many different environments, and distinct environments support the life of different types of organisms.
National Council for the Social Studies (www.socialstudies.org [www.usmint.gov])
- People, Places, and Environments
- Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
- Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
International Society for Technology in Education (www.iste.org [www.usmint.gov])
- Research and Informational Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
- Make sure to model for the students on a projector how to complete a Venn diagram. Create your own sample Venn diagram in the software program that you can show.
- Address and highlight any unfamiliar or new vocabulary from the text and record it on a chart.
- Venn diagram
- National site
- Fill in the name of a national site and the habitats and animals found there on the "What Types of Habitats?" worksheet ahead of time.
- Make copies of necessary materials.
- Bookmark Web sites to guide students to exactly where you want them to research.
- Create a template on the software program you will be using to help students complete the Venn diagram and illustrations.
- Identify exactly which national sites you would like students to research, or narrow the selection, as some national sites may have more habitats than others.
- Use the links on www.nps.gov [www.usmint.gov] to find how many national sites are in your state.
- Locate one of the states discussed in class and find out how many national sites are located there.
- Choose one national site to research. Find out what animals and habitats are there and record them on your "What Types of Habitats?" worksheet.
- Choose which two types of habitats you want to compare on your Venn diagram. Create the Venn diagram comparing the habitats.
- Create an illustration of one of the habitats you learned about in your research. Refer to the findings on your "What Types of Habitats?" worksheet and Venn diagram for help.
- Present your Venn diagram and illustration to the class when they are complete.
Connection to www.usmint.gov/kids [www.usmint.gov]
- Have students learn more about habitats by using the Idaho quarter lesson plan for Kindergarten and Grade One at http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/50sq/2007/_k01-3.pdf [www.usmint.gov].
- Have students learn more about habitats by using the Nevada quarter lesson plan for Kindergarten and Grade One at http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/50sq/2006/_k01.pdf [www.usmint.gov].
- Have students learn more about habitats by using the California quarter lesson plan for Grades Two and Three at http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/50sq/2005/0203.pdf [www.usmint.gov].
- Take anecdotal notes about the students' participation in class discussions.
- Use the students' worksheets and projects to evaluate whether they have met the lesson objectives.