2nd Grade- Animal Habitats

Synchronous Learning: Lesson #1

Engage: Show students three different habitats.

Ask: What animals may make this area their habitat? Explain your thinking.

Ask: What things would the animals have here that they need to survive?

Ask: What animals would not make this area their home? Explain your thinking.

Ask: Why did the animal choose that location?

Ask: What natural resources does that animal use (rocks, soil, water, sticks, etc.)?

Ask: Where does the animal get its food?

Ask: What physical characteristics of that animal help it survive and adapt in that location?

Asynchronous Learning

Explore: Students will explore their outdoor area to determine if their area could provide a habitat for bears.

Can a bear survive in your environment? Explore outdoors to support your claim with three reasons.

Synchronous Learning: Lesson #2

Explain: Students will share their claims with evidence they found through their outdoor exploration.

Ask: What does a bear need to survive?

Ask: Do bears rely on other animals to survive?

Ask: Do bears rely on plants?

Ask: What non-living things to bears rely on for survival?

Elaborate: Show students a news story about bear sightings near where they live.

Ask: Why do you think bears are often found in campgrounds or neighborhoods?

Ask: What can we do to help support bears that wander into neighborhoods or camp areas?

Ask: What impact do bears have on our environment and ecosystem? Are they positive or negative for the environment?

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