Tuesday, April 4, 2017

All About Animal Habitats!

Hello friends!  I hope you are all having a great week....maybe some of you are lucky enough to be on spring break!  Our break is in a couple of weeks, so until then we are still hard at work.  We just finished a great little mini unit on Animal Habitats.  If you are a follower of my blog, you know that my firsties have been really working hard these last couple of months learning how to write reports.  I really love combining my science and writing.  It's a great way to fit both subjects into your day. So after all that practice, this was their week to shine!

I told my kiddos that it was their chance to show me all that they have learned about writing reports. We spent all last week working on this project.   We watched a couple of short videos to give the firsties a little background on animals and their homes.  You can watch these on my YouTube channel here.  (Be sure to follow me on YouTube so that you can see all the cool videos that we use!) 

                   "Home Sweet Habitat"

We worked together to create this anchor chart about animal habitats.

Next, I paired them up with a partner and they started off by choosing an animal to read about and research.  I am lucky enough to have a great selection of non fiction animal books for the kids to use. You can find the books that I use here

They chose a nice spot in the room and read their book together


Next, they worked together to create a web with facts about their animal.

The next step was drawing a picture of their animal habitat.  They included the three key point to a good habitat: food, water and shelter.  

Finally we got to the FUN part....creating the habitats!  The firsties used shoeboxes as their base and I had tons of stuff that they could use to create their animal home - tissue paper, construction paper, popsicle sticks, hay, little rocks, fun foam, aluminum foil - you name it, we used it! 


By the time we finished, the room was a HOT MESS! But there was some serious learning going on, so it's all good!  The kiddos used their books, webs and our anchor chart to help them in their creation. 

The aftermath of creating habitats.........sigh......

Here are a few of the finished products:





The final step was to write their animal report.  They used all of the information they had gathered throughout the week to help them.  The results......FABULOUS! 

We used the report template from my "Common Core Writing Templates with Rubrics".  I love these templates because they have the rubric built right into the template for easy grading!  Plus, they are differentiated into three levels for struggling, on level and advance writers.  You can see a full preview here

Well...I'd say that was a pretty productive week!  It was hands on learning and the kids loved it! What do you do in your room to teach about animal habitats?  Please let us know in the comments! Hope everyone has a great week!  If you 'd like to have these ideas and more delivered to you direct so that you don't miss a thing...please sign up for my email.  And stop back soon cause there's always something fun happening in.....