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The students will be able to compare and contrast the characteristics of living things in different habitats.
Using graphic organizers can help students on all levels understand content concepts more clearly, as they help the students organize the material. This can be especially true for students reading below grade level, as the organizers can help them with reading comprehension. They are also helpful with gifted learners, as organizers help them bridle and categorize their expansive thinking.
(P) When science investigation is done the way it was done before, we expect to get a very
(N) Sometimes people arent sure what will happen because they dont know everything that might be having an effect.
(C) In doing science, it is often helpful to work with a team and to share findings with others. All team members should reach their own individual conclusions, however, about what the findings mean.
Invitation to Learn:
Animal Compare and Contrast
Animal Characteristic Art
Lesson and Activity Time Schedule:
Activity Connected to Lesson:
Create a baggie of habitats and a baggie of characteristics. Students pull out one habitat and three characteristics. Students then write a creative story about an animal that lives in the habitat and has the characteristics chosen.
Students can draw a picture of the animal written about in their creative writing story. Students could also create a sculpture of an animal using modeling clay or salt dough.
Students can measure things according to the lengths of certain characteristics of animals. For example, students can measure things using the length of an anteaters tongue (2 feet).
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McCoy, J. D., & Ketterlin‐Geller, R., (2004). Rethinking instructional delivery for diverse student populations: Serving all learners with concept‐based instruction. Intervention in School & Clinic, 40.2, pp. 88‐95.