Habitats and Communities Unit (6 Fun, Engaging & Hands-On Lessons)

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You will love this fun and engaging unit! In this file, you will find 6 detailed lesson plans, learning goals in student friendly language, PowerPoint presentations with beautiful photos, interactive notebook pages for each lesson, a brochure and booklet filled with information and photos and 3 assessment choices with rubrics (quiz, research project and report). As a bonus, there are also photos of suggested notebook presentations.

Lesson 1: Habitats and Communities

In this lesson, students will share what they already know and what they would like to know about habitats and communities. They will also create and read two booklets that introduce the topic. They will learn the difference between the two and will answer comprehension questions.

Lesson 2: Different Types of Habitats

In this lesson, students will acquire a better understanding of the differences between natural and man-made habitats. They will also learn the ways in which humans depend on natural habitats to meet important needs by reading an informational booklet and making a collage in their interactive notebook.

Lesson 3: Humans and Natural Habitats

In this lesson, students will learn how human affect natural habitats through an activity on water pollution. Students will also explore ways to help minimize the negative impacts of humans on the environment.

Lesson 4: Plant and Animal Adaptations

In this lesson, students will learn about different plant and animal adaptations through a photo slideshow. After the lesson, they will be able to describe adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive by taking part in the interactive notebook activity.

Lesson 5: Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores

In this lesson, students share what they know about animal adaptations then learn about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores by reading a colourful brochure and taking part in a sorting activity.

Lesson 6: Food Chains and Food Webs

In this lesson, students will learn the difference between a food chain and a food web through a PowerPoint presentation and reinforce their learning with a fun board game. Students will also gain an understanding of what producers, consumers and decomposers are.

Assessment 1: Animal Research Project and Rubric

Students pick an animal from a given list and research its habitat and the human impact on it. They also research and describe how the animal has adapted to survive in its environment. They are given a choice of how to present their results.

Assessment 2: Habitats and Communities Quiz and rubric

This is a more traditional type of assessment, with questions requiring short answers, word association and true or false answers.

Assessment 3: Report and Rubric – The Human Impact on Habitats and Communities

Students show what they have learned and inferred through a paragraph based on three questions about the human impact on natural habitats and communities.

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Habitats and Communities Unit (6 Fun, Engaging & Hands-On
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Habitats and Communities Unit (6 Fun, Engaging & Hands-On
Habitats and Communities Unit (6 Fun, Engaging & Hands-On