Desert Animal Adaptations Interactive Digital Notebook for Google Drive

Grade Levels
3rd, 4th, 5th
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Students use this 17 slides digital science notebook to practice research skills and citing evidence while learning about desert animal adaptations. This science resource is for students in grades 3 - 5 and accessed through Google Slides.

How it Works
1. Use it as a traditional Interactive Notebook.
2. Use it one slide at a time to compliment a specific lesson on adaptation.
3. Use it as independent work such as classroom work, project work, or even homework.

This Interactive Digital Notebook has been paired with Common Core State Standard for English Language Arts for grades 3 - 5 so that you can integrate it with Language Arts. All student slides are designed to have students research one particular aspect of adaptation (mostly structural adaptations).

Additionally, each slide includes 1 HYPERLINK to a trusted, reliable, kid-friendly free site that the students can use for research and information gathering in conjunction with the print resources you provide. There is also 1 HYPERLINK to a VIDEO to use for research.

The Interactive Digital Notebook includes 17 slides:
* Slide 1: Cover Page
* Slide 2: Table of Contents
* Slide 3: Researching and Citing Evidence
* Slide 4: Instructions for Students
* Slide 5: What is an adaptation?
* Slide 6: Exploring the Desert Biome
* Slide 7: Adapting to a Desert Biome
* Slide 8: Body Structures in a Desert Biome: Jackrabbit
* Slide 9: Body Structures in a Desert Biome: Roadrunner
* Slide 10: Body Structures in a Desert Biome: Gila Monster
* Slide 11: Body Structures in a Desert Biome: Camel
* Slide 12: Desert Prey/Predator Adaptations
* Slide 13: Desert Adaptations for Defense
* Slide 14: Avoiding Heat and Cold
* Slide 15: Desert Camouflage
* Slide 16: Which animal is better adapted?
* Slide 17: Expository Essay Writing

Step by step student directions for each slide are included in the Speaker Notes at the bottom of each slide (similar to PowerPoint Presenter Notes).

This interactive digital notebook is a great way for students to conduct short research topics while working on both content and ELA standards.

Culminating research includes writing:
* an informative essay: Student picks a desert animal and writes a 3 - 5 paragraph essay on that animal and its adaptations for living in a desert biome.

Some other unique features of this Interactive Digital Notebook
* Table of Contents has links to each slide for easy navigation and return navigation
* HYPERLINKS to websites on the page for easy access
* Video Links use for safe viewing from YouTube
* Answer Key included
* Scoring Guide included
* List of Common Core State Standards for ELA pairings by grade level
* Tutorial for the teacher on how to assign the Interactive Digital Notebook in Google Classroom
* Teacher Tips for using Google Slides
* All student instructions are in the SPEAKER NOTES
* PDF file for the teacher of all the slides for reference
* PDF file for the teacher of the slides and SPEAKER NOTES
* There is a PRINTABLE for the student on which to take notes by hand

What are some advantages for going PAPERLESS with a cloud-based, digital resource?
→ with Google Classroom, you can view your students work live from your own computer or device
→ students turn in work digitally for you to grade
→ students can log in at home to complete assignments
→ students utilize 21st-century learning tools
→ students prepare for similar tasks they will encounter with online standardized tests
→ student motivation is high
→ replaces traditional paper/pencil tasks practice pages

If you are looking for more resources to add to your Google Classroom check out my CUSTOM CATEGORY GOOGLE Apps Readyfor additional resources in math.

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