Swan White

Animal Habitats

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Overview & Purpose

Driving Question: What are the major animal habitats in Virginia and how are they impacted by both human activity and natural events?

Students will understand the key elements of a habitat by exploring some of Virginia’s animal habitats:

  • Part 1: Define what a habitat is and understand that different animals need different habitats to survive and understand how habitats change.
  • Part 2: Assess a local habitat and learn about ways we can lower our ecological footprint and provide basic wildlife needs.
  • Part 3: Students develop projects that help dive deeper into animal habitats and interdependent relationships.

Estimated Activity Time

Part 1

Approximately 45 minutes as written, but additional time can be spent with large or small group discussions. This lesson plan is compatible with a virtual learning model.

Part 2

Approximately 45 minutes as written, but additional time can be spent with large or small group discussions. This lesson plan is compatible with a virtual learning model.

Part 3

This project should take place over several class periods. Virtual project options are available in the project choice boards.

1.5, 1.8, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.2, 4.3, LS, BIO

Objectives

  1. Provide students with inquiry-based learning opportunities.
  2. Use scientific processes to safely investigate the natural world.
  3. Help students become familiar with primary and secondary research sources, conduct experiments and collect data.
  4. Engage students through project-based learning and STEM where applicable.

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