Zoo Animal Habitats Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

With this lesson plan, students will learn about zoo animal habitats. After two hands-on games that involve student movement, they will complete a writing prompt with appropriate vocabulary.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and name various zoo animals and their habitats
  • Determine which zoo animals live in a particular habitat
  • Write a descriptive sentence about zoo animal habitats with a detailed illustration

Length

45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.4

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.5

Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.1

Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is...).

Vocabulary

  • Rainforest
  • Desert
  • Tundra
  • Ocean
  • Forest
  • Savannah

Materials

  • Large illustrations or printouts of the habitats listed in vocabulary section
  • Index cards with word and picture of each habitat listed in vocabulary section (three of each)
  • Index cards with word and picture of each of the following zoo animals (one of each):
    • Camel (Desert)
    • Rattlesnake (Desert)
    • Scorpion (Desert)
    • Elephant (Savannah)
    • Giraffe (Savannah)
    • Lion (Savannah)
    • Dolphin (Ocean)
    • Manatee (Ocean)
    • Otter (Ocean)
    • Polar Bear (Tundra)
    • Penguin (Tundra)
    • Reindeer (Tundra)
    • Chimpanzee (Rain forest)
    • Toucan (Rain forest)
    • Sloth (Rain forest)
    • Fox (Forest)
    • Porcupine (Forest)
    • Raccoon (Forest)
  • Blank writing paper with illustration box (one per student)
  • Crayons

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