Final Showcase Project DesignTeaching Critical Thinking Strategies in the Classroom through Aesthetic Experiences Animals and Their Habitats First Grade Science by: Dawn Bodtke
Using art and science to learn about animals and their habitats. Student Objectives Students will explain how plants and animals live together in their habitats. Students will describe rainforest, desert, forest, grassland, ocean and arctic habitats. Students will describe why animals in different habitats. Students will explain how different animals adapt to different environments. Students will create a habitat by making a model. Resources UsedHabitats: Homes for Living Things. [Clip]. Discover United Streaming.Green, J. (2001). Saving Our World Polar Regions. Brookfield, CT: Copper Beech Books.Lynette, R. (2011). Who Lives in a Hot, Dry Desert? New York, NY: Rosen Publishing Group.Lynette, R. (2011). Who Lives in a Wild, Wet Rain Forest? New York, NY: Rosen Publishing Group.Norman, M. (2010). Poles Apart: Life at the Ends of the Earth. Fitzroy Vic, Australia: Wild Dog Books.Ryan-Herndon, L. (2010). Who Lives in the Forest? New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.Murrie M., & Murrie S. (2009). Planet Earth: Guide to the Planet. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.Dowswell, P. (1999). The Usborne First Encyclopedia of Animals. New York, NY: Usborne Publishing, Ltd.Patchett, F. (2009). Under the Sea. New York, NY: Usborne Publishing, Ltd.
Bodtke, D. (2011, November 22). Animals and Habitats. Retrieved from artsconnected: http://www.artsconnected.org/collection/143169/animals-and-habitats#%281%29 Day 1Watch the movie “Habitats: Homes for Living Things,” discuss the animals featured and what habitats they lived in. Assign students an animal from the grasslands habitat. Students will design a grasslands habitat using construction paper and crayons. Students will design their animal to place in their habitat model. Student Example of Grasslands
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Connect Ed. Assign students an animal from the arctic habitat.Students will use the following books: Plant Earth: Guide to the Planet, The Usborne First Encyclopedia of Animals, and Poles Apart: Life at the Ends of the Earth, to learn about the arctic habitat. Students will make a model of the arctic habitat and 2 animals that live in the habitat. Student Examples of the Arctic Habitat
Day 3 Assign students an animal from the rainforest habitat.Students will using the read various books on the rainforest, such as: Who Lives in a Wild, Wet Rain Forest? to learn about the rainforest habitat.
Students will make a model of the rainforest habitat and 2 animals that live in the habitat. Student Example of Rainforest Habitat
Day 4 Assign studentsan animal from the forest habitat.Students will read various books about forests and the animals that live there, such as: Who Lives in the Forest? Students will make a model of the forest habitat and 2 animals that live in the habitat.
Student Example of Forest Habitat
Day 5Assign students an animal from the desert habitat. Teacher will read Who Lives in aHot, Dry Desert? to learn about theanimals and plants that live in the desert habitat. Students will make a model of the desert habitat and 2 animals that live in the habitat.
Student Example of the Desert Habitat
Day 6Assign students an animal from the ocean habitat. Teacher will read Under the Sea to learn about the animals and plants that live in the ocean.Students will make a model of theocean habitat and at least 2 animals that live in the habitat.
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