Learning Plans & Activities
Animals

SCIENCE

Grade Levels: K–2

Lesson Summary: This lesson is designed to enhance the teaching of animals in the early elementary curriculum. Students will investigate and understand that animals have life needs and specific physical characteristics. They will be guided to research a particular animal and learn about key elements such as habitat, diet, physical characteristics, and location.

Standards Addressed:

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

• Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge (1.1.1–1.1.6; 1.2.1–1.2.7; 1.3.1–1.3.5)

• Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge (2.1.2; 2.1.4; 2.1.5; 2.1.6; 2.2.4; 2.4.3)

• Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society (3.1.2; 3.1.3; 3.1.6; 3.2.1)

• Pursue personal and aesthetic growth (4.1.8; 4.2.1; 4.2.3; 4.3.3; 4.3.4; 4.4.1–4.4.3)

Common Core State Standards

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1; RI.K.2; RI.K.3; RI.K.4; RI.K.8; RI.K.9

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1; RF.K.2; RF.K.3; RF.K.4

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1; L.K.2; L.K.4; L.K.5; L.K.6

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1; SL.K.2; SL.K.3; SL.K.4; SL.K.5; SL.K.6

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1; RI.1.2; RI.1.3; RI.1.4; RI.1.5; RI.1.6; RI.1.7; RI.1.8; RI.1.9; RI.1.10

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.1; RF.1.2; RF.1.3; RF.1.4

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1; L.1.2; L.1.4; L.1.5; L.1.6

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1; SL.1.2; SL.1.3; SL.1.4; SL.1.5; SL.1.6

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1; RI.2.2; RI.2.3; RI.2.4; RI.2.5; RI.2.6; RI.2.7; RI.2.8; RI.2.9; RI.2.10

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3; RF.2.4

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1; L.2.2; L.2.3; L.2.4; L.2.5; L.2.6

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1; SL.2.2; SL.2.3; SL.2.4; SL.2.5; SL.2.6

Instructional Resources:

  • Access to research materials such as encyclopedias, books, magazines, and online resources
  • Organizational handout for students to complete
  • Poster board, pencils, markers, crayons, paper
  • All handouts are included in the Student Resources section of the book's website at http://www.abc-clio.com/LibrariesUnlimited/product.aspx?pc=A4367P.

Instructional Roles:

The classroom teacher will introduce animals as a unit. The school librarian will introduce beginning research skills that include encyclopedias, books, magazines, and online resources.

Procedure for Completion:

Day One: The teacher introduces the animal unit and both teacher and school librarian will work with the class in completing the organizational handout with a sample animal.

Day Two: The school librarian teaches basic research skills and provides students the opportunity to research their animal using a variety of sources that may be available in their school library.

Day Three: Students return to the library to continue research and completion of organizational handout.

Day Four: Students are provided time and supplies to complete the poster.

Day Five—Completion: Students will present their research to the class utilizing the poster as a resource.

Completion of Project:

The result will be completion of a poster that includes the information required on an organizational handout, a drawing or picture of the animal, and presentation of their work to the class. These will be displayed in the school library or classroom.

Student Assessment/Reflection:

The final project and presentation is the object of the main student assessment and is based on the rubric for the project. Conversations with the teacher and school librarian throughout the process will also be included in the assessment process.

Professional Reflection—Librarian Notes:

The Common Core State Standards align well with the collection development of nonfiction materials. Each school library will have a variety of resources specific to their school, but lessons such as this provide an opportunity to expand the collection.

SUGGESTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Arctic Animals. (2015). LEAP (Little Books with Attitude). Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Flamingo Features. (2015). LEAP (Little Books with Attitude). Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Flying Disks. (2015). LEAP (Little Books with Attitude). Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Frog Features. (2015). LEAP (Little Books with Attitude). Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Martin, I. (2015). Amphibians: A Question and Answer Book. Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Martin, I. (2015). Birds: A Question and Answer Book. Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Martin, I. (2015). Fish: A Question and Answer Book. Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Martin, I. (2015). Insects: A Question and Answer Book. Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Martin, I. (2015). Mammals: A Question and Answer Book. Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Martin, I. (2015). Reptiles: A Question and Answer Book. Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Rissman, R. (2015). Barn Owls: Nocturnal Hunters. Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Rissman, R. (2015). Bats: Nocturnal Flyers. Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Rissman, R. (2015). Hedgehogs: Nocturnal Foragers. Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Rissman, R. (2015). Mice: Nocturnal Explorers. Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Rissman, R. (2015). Red Foxes: Nocturnal Predators. Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

South American Animals. (2015). LEAP (Little Books with Attitude). Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Tiger Features. (2015). LEAP (Little Books with Attitude). Mankato, MN: Capstone Classroom.

Additional Suggestions from SLC:

The Animals of Antarctica. A Continent of Creatures series. Purple Toad, 2017.

Baiji Dolphin. Extinct Animals series. Weigl Publishers, 2016.

Bodden, Valerie. Bison. Amazing Animals series. Creative Company, 2013.

Horses. Farm Animals series. ABDO Kids, 2016.

Magby, Meryl. Bald Eagles. American Animals series. PoweKids Press, 2012.

The Most Adorable Animals in the World. All about Animals series. Capstone Press, 2015.

Murray, Julie. Giant Pandas. Asian Animals series. ABDO, 2013.

Nagelhout, Ryan. Great Big Grizzlies. Great Big Animals series. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2013.

Owen, Ruth. Mischievous Monkeys. Eye to Eye with Animals series. Windmill Books, 2012.

Rahir, Renée. The Bear. Animals in the Wild series. Clavis Publishing, 2016.

Roderick, Stacey. Ocean Animals from Head to Tail. Kids Can Press, 2016.

Rudolph, Jessica. Arctic Fox. Arctic Animals: Life outside the Igloo series. Bearport Publishing, 2015.

Ruelos Diaz, Joanne. Animals in the Rain Forest. Animals All Day! series. Picture Window Books, 2015.

St. James, Cassidy. Teaming Up: Animal Partners. Close-up on Amazing Animals series. Rourke Educational Media, 2014.

Totally Wacky Facts about Land Animals. Mind Benders series. Capstone Press, 2016.

What Is an Insect? Animals series. Visual Learning Company, 2011. DVD.

This lesson plan is excerpted from The Common Core in Action: Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans for K-6 Librarians by Deborah J. Jesseman. Libraries Unlimited. Copyright © 2015.

The Common Core in Action: Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans for K-6 Librarians by Deborah J. Jesseman is available from Libraries Unlimited

Deborah J. Jesseman

MLA Citation Jesseman, Deborah J. "Animals." School Library Connection, January 2017, schoollibraryconnection.com/Home/Display/2027458?topicCenterId=2158551.

View all citation styles

Entry ID: 2027458

Back to Top