Kidspiration: Habitats Lesson Plan
Keywords: Habitat, science, life cycle, wetland, desert, mountain, grassland, polar region, ecology.
Instructor: Emily Wright
1. How long is the lesson designed to take: 45 minutes
2. Lesson Plan Unit Title: Exploring Animal Habitats
3. Instructional Goals:
a.Science Indicator: Explain that organisms can grow and survive in many very different habitats
b.Technology Indicator (A.1.): Use and understand how technology enhances learning
c.Technology Objective (A.1.a.): Use technology tools, including software and hardware, from a range of teacher-selected options to learn new content or reinforce skills.
4.Objectives (VSC) (A.2.a)
a.Investigate a variety of familiar and unfamiliar habitats and describe how animals and plants found there maintain their lives and survive to reproduce.
b.Explain that organisms live in habitats that provide their basic needs.
c.Explain that animals and plants sometimes cause changes in their environments.
5.Rationale (Why does it matter?): The rationale behind creating this lesson is to give my second grade students a better understanding about habitats by using technology. The students will use Kidspiration to help their understanding by classifying which animal or plant goes to which habitat. Using this site will help engage the students and become more focused and aware of the skills taught.
6.Content: Ecology, habitats, wetland, forest, rainforest, desert, grassland, polar ice, ocean, pond, prairie, and marsh.
7.Instructional Procedures (Teaching instructions):
a.Engage: The teacher will ask the students to pick their favorite animal. They will write it down in the middle of their yellow sticky note (already on their desk). Then, the teacher will ask the students: where does the animal live? What other plants and animals leave near it? The students will record on their sticky note.
b.Now that the students are engaged, the teacher will have “Habitats” written on the chalkboard- the teacher will ask the students what they know about habitats.
c.The teacher will record the student’s responses
d.Next, the teacher will put students into different groups. The students will find a reliable website to find information about habitats. Each group will need to find information about:
i.A physical description of the habitat
ii.Examples of the habitat (geographical locations)
iii.Examples of animals and plants that live in the habitat
e.Once the groups found the three key aspects of a habitat, we will meet together as a class and discuss our answers, recording answers on the board for all students to see.
f.After the class discussion about habitats, the teacher will introduce the activity the students will complete during center time. (Due to the lack of computers in my classroom, students will use Kidspiration as an extension activity. Not all my students can use a computer at the same time.)
g.Directions for Kidspiration Habitat Lesson (Kid Instructions):
i.Drag pictures of animals that live in each habitat.
ii.Go to the writing view, and answer two questions about each animal: Where does the animal live? What does the animal eat?
iii.Complete an acrostic poem using the letters of habitat in the writing view.
h.After whole class lesson and group work, class will meet together for a quick re-cap of what the purpose of the day’s lesson was. Students will review important concepts they learned in class.
8.Evaluation procedures: Students will save their work on Kidspiration and the teacher will review for conceptual understanding.
9.Materials: Kidspiration, computer, internet access, pencil and paper.
10.References and Resources:
a.Maryland State Department of Education, (1997-2008), School Improvement in Maryland: Using VSC: Science, Grade 2, http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/science/standard1/grade2.html
b.Weinberg, F. and White, N., (2008), Habitats of the World, http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/habitats/