A Zoo Day 7-Hour Complete Sub Plan Thematic Unit for Grades 3-4 Common Core
For Grades 3-4. For my 5th-6th grade version with more complex text and tasks, click here.
This packet includes everything you need for a complete interdisciplinary interactive unit on zoo animals. I created this unit to leave with a sub for 3rd-4th graders to complete in a day. The students work through the packet, completing activities for reading, science, social studies, and math. Then, they will turn everything they've done into a lapbook. Guaranteed to last all day!
These plans work well to leave with a sub, but they are also great for you to do with your students yourself! Use these on one of those "odd" days before holidays when you need to keep the students on task, for the last days of school when nothing can "really" count for a grade, or as a reward for your students.
Please see the preview file for the Teacher Instructions for a detailed synopsis of what your students will be doing. These plans are made to require only 2 preps for the teacher: make copies and gather materials. That's it! Here's a quick breakdown:
2 Page Article, "Popular Zoo Animals" - Reading Nonfiction
Task One: Zoo Trading Cards - Reading Nonfiction, finding text evidence
Task Two: More Animal Stats - Reading Nonfiction, finding text evidence, drawing conclusions
Task Three: Map Famous Zoo Animals - Social Studies, labeling places on a map, making a map key
Task Four: Animal Adaptations - Science, analyzing advantages of animal adaptations
Task Five: Classifying Consumers - Science, extracting data from nonfiction article, classifying animals as carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores
Task Six: Creating a Bar Graph - Math, creating and labeling a bar graph from information extracted
Task Seven: Animal Problems - Math, 8 animal word problems in two versions: 8 problems with fractions and 8 problems with whole numbers so you can choose which version is right for your students’ current math level
Task Eight: Make a lapbook! Turn activities/tasks from today's learning into an interactive lapbook on zoo animals!
Task Nine: Decorate Your Lapbook! Use clipart to jazz up your lapbook
The packet includes a step-by-step guide with pictures on how to construct a lapbook, a diagram of the lapbook that you will be piecing together, and detailed instructions on turning the packet into a lapbook.
The teacher packet includes a KEY for all activities, detailed instructions for your or your sub, and a schedule with number of minutes to allot for each activity.
All you have to do is print the student packet and make copies, print the teacher packet, write your own times into the schedule, and gather the materials. You'll need 1 1/2 manila folders for each student, clear packing tape, 1 sheet of card stock per student, scissors, glue, and crayons, markers or pencil colors. That's it! All of the research is in the packet so your students will not be needing to access technology of any kind, nor will you or your sub be needing additional background information to teach these tasks.
Optional activities include youtube links and several links to view live webcams of the animals studied
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