Strand: Living Things

Lesson: Habitats

This topic could be taught as a series of lessons.
Aim/Objectives

1. To help the children to become aware of the variety of habitats in our world.
2. To help the children understand the interdependency between different forms of life within the various habitats.

Objectives: The children will be able to:

(a) name a variety of habitats
(b) compare these habitats
(c) give examples of how animals adapt to their habitat
(d) give examples of food chains
(e) research information on a chosen animal \ bird and summarise the relevant points

Materials Needed

1. Laptop
2.Data Projector
3. C.D.-Mad About Science, Disc 2, Life,DK
4. Textbook: 'Look Around' 2nd class, Topic -Animal Homes Pg. 35

Content/Methodology

Introduction

Discussion and Brainstorming session:
Where do animals live ? Domestic/Wild; Where do birds live ? Where do insects live ? Name of home; Description; Food; Poster - Food web

Textbook 'Look Around' Pg 35, Animal Homes -Discussion

Development

Using the laptop and CD (children operating the mouse)

CD Rom: Section 28: Where is your habitat?

Area A

General information on habitats - children read information - click on words for definitions for example habitat, adapt, nutrients, evolution - teacher's questions and children's questions
* Activity - match animal, bird or fish to where it lives (timed activity)
* Quiz - how animals have adapted to their habitat (competition between 5 groups) (extra information introduced)

Area B

Section 30: Comparing Habitats

Comparing habitats - information on the polar bear and the tree frog - information on their habitats - click on words for definitions for example habitat, adapt, nutrients, evolution - teacher's questions and children's questions
* Activity - Given 2 habitats - rain forest and meadow, match animals to their most suitable habitats
* Quiz - based on the above activity (extra information introduced)

Area C

Section 31: Who eats what?
Section 32: Food webs

Food webs / who eats what?
- Information on food webs, food chains, examples of food chains
- children read information
- click on words for definitions for example habitat, adapt, nutrients, evolution
- teacher's questions and children's questions
* Activity - match words to definitions (timed) - complete the food chains.

Conclusion

1. Brainstorm: Information learned about habitats and food chains
- Blackboard - information web
- order the information into a storage sequence
-children write their own reports

2. Homework: Choose an animal or bird from the following
a. Hedgehog b. Deer c. Badger d. Hawk e. Owl.

Lookup information on computers or in encyclopedias
3. Follow up lessons
- write up information in class
- present information.

 

 

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