Lesson: Mini Animal Research

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to do research on an animal character and present that information to the class.

Lesson Plan

Objective:   Students will be able to do research on an animal character and present that information to the class.

Lesson Plan

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Do Now (5-7 minutes):  If you have ever been to the zoo, there is always one animal that you want to go and visit and watch, longer than any other.  What is that animal, and why are you so interested in it?  Why is that animal your favorite?  Draw a picture of that animal in its habitat or home.  (see attached file)

Opening (5 minutes):

We have been doing a lot of reading in “The Secret Zoo”, and have been learning about all sorts of different kinds of animals.  We have heard of some of them and some of them we have not.  Today, what I want us to do is take a little break from our fiction reading and do some non-fiction research about the animals that we have encountered or wish we could encounter in “The Secret Zoo.” 

Direct Instruction (I DO): 

Explain to students that they are going to pair up with one of their classmates.  Students are required to pick an animal that we have read about in the book or one that they wish was in the book.

Students will use books and computer sources (teacher should have these resources ready before starting this activity) to do research about their animals’:

·        Physical characteristics

·        Eating habits

·        Reproduction

·        Habitat

·        Unique and/or interesting facts

 

DAY 1:

Here is how I would like to you write the essay:  **Model this for students**

We will be using the 6 Paragraph essay format.

Introductory Paragraph – This is where you introduce what it is you are writing about.

General Topic Sentence:   My Animal is called the _______ and there are a lot of interesting things about it.  I enjoy going to the zoo and visiting this animal.  If I owned a zoo my animal would be the first to have a home there.

  1. Subtopic One: What it looks like. (My animal is a bit weird looking with spots and stripes.)

  2. Subtopic Two: Where it lives (habitat) and what it eats (eating habits) (My animal prefers to live in warm climate and is a herbivore.)

  3. Subtopic Three: How it reproduces (My animal reproduces through live birth)

  4. Subtopic Four:  Any unique or interesting facts (There are a lot of interesting facts about my animal.)

  • First Supporting Paragraph

Restate Subtopic One
The reason he has spots and stripes because it help it to be camouflaged.  This means that it blends in with its surroundings.  Another feature of my animal includes sharp claws.  My animal weighs over 200 lbs, but only uses its sharp claws to protects itself from predators or things that try and eat it.

  • Second Supporting Paragraph

Restate Subtopic Two
My animal loves living in the warm weather of many different places around the world, these places include Asia and the southern part of Africa.  Because he has spots and stripes he is suited to live in the high grasses of Africa and the jungles of Asia.  My animal makes its nests in trees so that he is away from other animals that want to eat it.  My animal is a herbivore which means it only eats plants.  The plant that he likes the most is the raspberry bushes that grow where it lives. 

  • Third Supporting Paragraph

Restate Subtopic Three
My animal is a part of the mammal species.  This means that they reproduce just like humans, lions, elephants, dogs and all other mammals; through live birth.  The mother provides the baby with milk until it can eat the raspberries and other plants in it’s diet.

  • Fourth Supporting Paragraph

Restate Subtopic Four

There are many unique and interesting facts about my animal, for example, though my animal doesn’t have wings, it is the largest glider in the world.  It can glide in the air, from tree to tree using its webbed arms and legs.  My animal also has the ability to breathe underwater.  It likes to do this to eat water plants that grown in its habitat.

 

  • Closing or Summary Paragraph

As I have noted, my animal is a pretty neat specimen.  I hope that everyone would get a chance to see this animal in the wild, but if not, the zoo is the best place to watch it.  There are many interesting things to find out about it.

 

DAY 2:  **model some presentations that could be done**

Students can present this in any way they want!

·        Oral presentation

·        Video

·        Power point presentation

·        Documentary

·        Etc.

Teacher should have an exemplar to model what this will look like when finished.

EXTENSION:

·        Students have the opportunity to put their animal back into “The Secret Zoo”.

·        How would they fit in the story?

·        Write a chapter introducing you animal into the story, what does it do?  How does it help? 

Independent Practice (YOU DO):

DAY 1:  Students are set free to do their research and write their mini-research report (3-5 paragraphs making sure to touch on Physical characteristics, Eating habits, Reproduction, Habitat, and Unique and/or interesting facts.

DAY 2:  Students should be working on their presentations.

DAY 3:  Presentations!

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