Engage students in learning about habitats, plants and animals with this minimal prep 20 day science unit. Students will work with hands-on centers, research projects and various worksheets to learn all about these life science topics. A two page teaching guide and learning targets are included.
Students will start by learning about 8 different habitats (arctic, desert, forest, mountain, ocean, freshwater, rain forest, and savanna). They will identify plants and animals in those habitats, as well as living and non-living components. Then, students will look at specific life cycles of plants and animals. They will then move into talking about characteristics and adaptations that animals make to survive in various habitats. Finally, students will complete a cumulative project making a habitat out of a shoe box. Assess students at the end of the unit with a 3 page comprehensive assessment.
- 2 Page Teaching Guide with Essential Questions, Targets and Resource Recommendations
- 7 Pages of Print and Go Learning Targets
- 4 Pages of Habitat Anchor Charts (8 total habitats)
- 2 Pages of Vocabulary Words (13 vocabulary words)
- 10 Pages of Plants and Animal Sorting Cards and Recording Sheet (center)
- 8 Pages of Habitat Note Catchers (separate books or videos for research will be necessary to use this resource, there are free and paid resources recommended in the teaching guide)
- 8 Pages of Plant Life Cycle Sorting Cards and Activities
- 14 Pages of Animal Life Cycle Sorting Cards and Activities
- Animal Research Note Catcher (separate books or videos for research will be necessary to use this resource, there are free and paid resources recommended in the teaching guide)
- 4 Pages of Animal Adaptation Scenario Cards & Recording Sheet
- Shoe Box Habitat Challenge Information Page (cumulative project to be done at school or at home)
- 3 Page End of Unit Assessment
This unit was designed for second or third grade learners. There are many free resource recommendations in the teaching guide, but the pages indicated above will work with any text associated with habitats or animals. There are also paid resource recommendations for schools that have access to Brain Pop Jr or Pebble Go.
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