Grade Level: 2nd Grade

Subject Areas: Science

Theme/Topic: Animals

Sunshine State Standards:
Processes of Life
Standard 1:
The student describes patterns of structure and function in living things. (SC.F.1.1)
1. Knows the basic needs of all living things.
2. Knows how to apply knowledge about life processes to distinguish between living and nonliving things.
3. Describes how organisms change as they grow and mature.
4. Understands that structures of living things are adapted to their function in specific environments.
5. Compares and describes the structural characteristics of plants and animals.

The Nature of Science
Standard 1:
The student uses the scientific processes and habits of mind to solve problems. (SC.H.1.1)
1. Knows that in order to learn, it is important to observe the same things often and compare them.
2. Knows that when tests are repeated under the same conditions, similar results are usually obtained.
3. Knows that, in doing science, it is often helpful to work with a team and to share findings with others.

How Living Things Interact with Their Environment
Standard 1:
The student understands the competitive, interdependent, cyclic nature of living things in the environment. (SC.G.1.1)
1. Knows that environments have living and nonliving parts.
2. Knows that there are many different animals living in different kinds of environments. For example: hot, cold, wet, dry, sunny and dark
3. Knows that animals can be associated with their environment by an examination of their structural characteristics.

1. The students will learn how to identify different type’s animals given pictures of some animals with 95% accuracy.
2. The students will be able to put different kinds of animals in various groups by given pictures of the animals with 95% accuracy.
3. The students will be about to match up animals and categorize them with 95% accuracy.
4. The students will understand that animals live on different environments depending on their ability to survive and exist in it.
5. Students will be able to place animals according to their natural environment with 95% accuracy.

Targeted Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels:
Knowledge – identify, locate, label, write, list.
Comprehension – photograph, speech, poster.
Application- use information, method and theories.
Analysis – sort, categorize, compare, and differentiate.
Synthesis- using of old ideas to create new ones.
Evaluation- compares and summarize.

Computers (Inspirational Software, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Podcasts)

Lesson Description:
Monday: Dolphins
Review the Podcast on Dolphins and then there will be a class discussion
Dolphin Podcast
Each of you will then complete a handout on dolphins
Dolphin Handout
Materials will be handed out and then you will make your own dolphin
After, you will present your dolphins and discuss why they chose to create it that way.

Objectives: Students will learn how dolphins belong to a specific category of animals (mammals). They will also learn what dolphins eat, how they breathe, as well as what specific characteristics dolphins have that differentiate them from other mammals.

Assessment: Dolphin handouts will be completed by students and reviewed by the teacher to ensure that students were able to understand the material. Handouts will be verified for accuracy of information as well as completeness.

Critical Thinking Component: Students will be asked to analyze pictures and observe what type of habitat dolphins need in order to survive. Students will be asked to describe what they see in the pictures.

Dolphin in its natural habitat

Dolphin in water

Tuesday: Monkeys

As a class, all students will help the teacher to create a chart on Monkeys.
You can use any of these resources to gather your information:
Different Types of Monkeys
Spider Monkeys

Objectives: Students will learn that there are different type of monkeys, as well as characteristics that differentiate them from different groups of animals such as fish or birds, etc.

Critical Thinking Component: Students will be asked to observe what they see in a picture that contains a monkey in its habitat. Students will compare what differences they see with what they saw in the dolphin picture from the previous day.

Monkey in its habitat

Wednesday: Fish
The teacher will create a KWL chart on the board to see what you students know and want to know about fish.
As a class group, you will be discussing a fish handout.
Fish Handout
Fish Crossword Puzzle
You will learn about the different living environments that fishes have as well as the living and non-living parts under the sea.
You will then watch the movie Finding Nemo so you can visualize the different living environments
Class will come to an end with a discussion and completing the KWL chart on what you learned.

Objectives: Students will learn that they are many living things in the ocean. The movie will help students learn about fish's natural habitats so students can visualize how fishes coexist in such a large ecosystem.

Critical Thinking Component: Students will participate in many discussions throughout the lesson. They will discuss the fish handout, the movie, and what they learned.

Thursday: Birds
To start off the lesson on birds, the teacher will read a short story
Out of the Nest
As a class, you will be using inspirational software to create a diagram comparing birds.
Any of the following resources may be used:
Cool Bird Facts
Birds for Kids
Birds Crossword Puzzle

Objectives: Students will learn how birds are part of a specific category of animals but they might have different characteristics that distinguish them.

Critical Thinking Component: Students will create a diagram comparing birds similarities and differences.

Friday: Animal Diversity
The teacher will show an online book about animal diversity.
Animal Diversity
You will work as a group to answer the questions from the book
You will then work in groups of five to take an online quest to see how much information you have learned throughout the week.
Online Animal Quest
After learning about all the different types of animals each group will create a PowerPoint Project on all the animals discussed throughout the week.

Objectives: Students will review what they have learned during the week about the different animals, their characteristics, categories, and their natural habitats