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Lesson 3: Guide to Animal Habitats

Ideas

Create an habitat - posted from Portland, OR

This interactive game lat you choose, between animal, vegetation, biome and precipitation to create the right habitat. Is fun and a good introduction to the unit.


EcoMazes - posted from Glenside, PA

You absolutely must get your hands on a copy of the book EcoMazes by Roxie Munro! We got ours at our local library.

Your child gets to explore 12 habitats/ecosystems (tropical rainforest, desert, coral reef, alpine high mountain, arctic polar, wetlands, tundra, grasslands, antarctic polar, savanna, conifer forest, temperate forest) solving mazes using trails, roads, waterways, etc. Along the way they will have to search for over 350 hidden animals. Highly interactive, educational and fun!


Day Two - posted from Glenside, PA

If your child is ready for deeper classification read the extremely amusing book Bone by Bone by Sarah Levine that demonstrates the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates through entertaining questions and illustrations (eg. "What kind of animal would you be if your finger bones grew so long that they reached your feet? A bat!")


Day One Supplemental Readings - posted from Glenside, PA

Fun introductory books to habitats:

Nature's Places (World Book Learning Ladders)--includes deserts, forests, grassland, wetland, rain forest, polar region, coral reef, and unusual places and some activities at the end of book

Before and After: A Book of Nature Timescapes by Jan Thornhill published by Nat'l Geographic Society--full 2 page illustrated spreads of a "before" habitat (tropical coral reef, savannah, forest edge, wetland, meadow, rain forest) with labeled animals that child can find and then flip the page over for "after" Would also be great for "Cause and Effect" unit later in the year (eg. the impalas scattered after the lioness chased) or for illustrating different periods of time (changes are after a few seconds, a few minutes, an hour, a day, a month and a year). Few words, mostly illustrations that required careful study that kept my child engaged for a long time.


Concept
Concept 1: Environment
+ Unit 1: Habitats and Homes
-----1: My Environment (5)
-----2: What Is a Map? (3)
-----3: Guide to Animal Habitats (4)
-----4: Discovering Animal Habitats (87)
-----5: Exploring Animal Habitats (85)
-----6: Tools in My Environment (0)
-----7: Animal Care (0)
-----8: Animal Designs (2)
-----9: Amazing Animals (1)
-----10: Amazing Me (0)
-----Final Project: Animal Research / My Environment (0)
+ Unit 2: Weather
+ Unit 3: Community

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