Students will research a Utah mammals and then create and present a mini-report.
- Overhead copy
- Resources for
- Rough draft
- Final draft
Background for Teachers
Students will research and give a short oral report on a mammal. They will use a
rubric to self-evaluate their work.
Intended Learning Outcomes
2. Manifest scientific attitudes and interest
4. Communicate effectively using science language and reasoning
Pre-Assessment/Invitation to Learn
Share with students your favorite wild mammal and why you like it. List
interesting facts about that animal. Ask the students what their favorite mammals are.
Why is that one their favorite mammal? How does it obtain food? How does it build its
home? How does it spend its winter? Does it migrate? How does it care for its young?
- Explain to students that they will be doing a mini-research and presenting
an oral report on a Utah mammal.
- Allow the students to pick a Utah mammal or assign each student a
different mammal common to Utah. Please use a mammal from the
animals list in the core.
- Prepare a list of places students can find resources from the library,
Internet, and computer programs. (A list of resources are listed at the end
of this activity page.)
- Pass out research and graphic organizers for the oral report.
- Model how to find information from resources and record on diagram.
- Allow students time to find at least three resources and record information on
the graphic organizer.
- Teacher models how to take information from graphic organizer and share it
- Students should follow balanced literacy’s speaking model. Have them
practice with a partner.
- Allow students time for oral reports.
Fine Arts/Visual Arts-
- Have the students draw pictures of their mammals in their habitats. (Standard III, Objective 1)
- Make dioramas with their mammals in their habitats. (Standard III, Objective 1)
Homework & Family Connections
- Have the students take their books home. Have them read the books to their
parents or smaller children in their families. Have them report in class their
success and feelings in reading to family members.
Review the Animal Report Rubric with the students before oral reports are started so that they know what