Animals and the Environment

Animals and the environment
Animals and the environment

Animals and the Environment
by Jennifer Boothroyd
ATOS 2.3 380L

Why do animals live in different environments?

Help K-5 students answer this essential question (and meet the Common Core State Standards) with the Teaching STEM lesson plans for this mentor text: Animals in the Environment by Jennifer Boothroyd.

Students will examine the essential question, “Why do animals live in different environments?”

In small groups, they will read and research information about a specific animal and use the text features from the books to locate facts about their animal and why it lives in a specific environment. Using their combined information, the students will create a diagram or other text feature to illustrate the information they have gathered. They will include at least one animal adaptation that enables it to live in its specific habitat. Students will post their text features and students will move around the room to read them.

The Library Activity begins on page 32. The Collaborative Teacher Activity is on page 34.

Extension Activities (sample)

1. Introduce simple food chains. Research to find more animals living in each environment. Use some of those animals and have the students create a simple three organism food chain.

2. Explore more deeply the characteristics of the different environments the groups studied. Create a picture diagram and label the significant features of that environment.

3. After reading the book, have the students write a short description of the main idea of the book. Use the phrase, “I am a scientist. I know that _________.”

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2 thoughts on “Animals and the Environment

  1. I love the idea of food chain especially in the context of this book. Children normally know the “usual” or typical food chains, but asking them to extend their thinking beyond the obvious after reading this book would be a great idea. Thanks for sharing on NF Monday!
    -Reshama @Stackingbooks

    • Thank you, Resh. Food chains can be fascinating for children. This book is deceptively simple, but it provides excellent information that is easily applicable to extending the concept.

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