Reflection: Adjustments to Practice What is a Habitat? What is Biodiversity? - Section 1: Teacher Notes


Let's say you really want to do this activity but don't have the suggested supplies.  You still can do it by using alternative objects.  Small items that are about the same size, but different colors would work great.  Beans or tiny pasta shells would make a great alternative.  To color the pasta shells place them in a bag along with desired color of food coloring and rubbing alcohol.  Shake and set on wax paper to dry.  Repeat with 4 other colors--you may need to mix the primary colors.  Or find 5 different colors of beans, such as white beans, dark kidney beans, light kidney beans, etc. 

Whichever items you choose for your model, you will need a glass or plastic jar that they will all fit into.  You will want clear sides so the children can see the gems to help them make comparisons.  If you are using glass, make sure that it is a thick, almost unbreakable glass.

No matter which items you choose, your children will learn a ton from this activity.  Enjoy!

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What is a Habitat? What is Biodiversity?

Unit 4: The Wonderful Biodiversity of Life
Lesson 2 of 17

Objective: SWBAT explain that different animals live in different habitats and that biodiversity is the variety of life in those habitats.

Big Idea: We can use a Frayer Model to help us learn vocabulary!

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Science, biodiversity , second grade, habitats, frayer model
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