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Materials:

  • "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

Goals:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the general characteristics of habitats.  Students will describe and compare specific habitats.

Science

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.

Social Studies

National Council for the Social Studies (www.socialstudies.org [www.usmint.gov])

  • People, Places, and Environments

English

National Council of Teachers of English (www.ncte.org [www.usmint.gov]) and International Reading Association (IRA) (www.reading.org [www.usmint.gov])

  • 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.

Technology

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.

Resource Instructions

  • 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.

Keywords

  • Habitat
  • Venn diagram
  • National site
  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Space
  • 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.

 

Step-By-Step Directions

  1. Use the links on www.nps.gov [www.usmint.gov] to find how many national sites are in your state.
  2. Locate one of the states discussed in class and find out how many national sites are located there.
  3. Choose one national site to research.  Find out what animals and habitats are there and record them on your "What Types of Habitats?" worksheet.
  4. Choose which two types of habitats you want to compare on your Venn diagram.  Create the Venn diagram comparing the habitats.
  5. 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.
  6. Present your Venn diagram and illustration to the class when they are complete.

 

Extensions:

Connection to www.usmint.gov/kids [www.usmint.gov]

 

Assessment:

  • 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.

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