Grade 2

Guess My Animal

Knowledge Constructor and Creative Communicator
squirrel

Overview

Students will complete research about an animal of their choice using the San Diego Kids Zoo website. The students will create a SlideShow Presentation to share with the class teaching about their animal. The class will use given “clues” based on research to guess the student's animal.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to conduct research.
  • Be able to create and deliver a SlideShow Presentation.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Habitat: Habitat is the environment in which an animal lives.

  2. Appearance: Appearance is how something looks.

  3. Unique: Unique is how something is different from everything else.

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Make yourself familiar with the https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/ website so you can guide students where to find necessary information.

  • For example, when researching an animal, students can click on some of the facts cards like the food card, it will flip over and list examples of specific foods the animal eats.

  • This project will take several class periods to complete.

Note: As an extension and connection to Digital Citizenship, students could be required to cite their sources at the end of the SlideShow.

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Introduce students to the https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/website.

  2. Have students browse through the animals. Students should select one animal to research.

  3. Have students complete Animal Research Worksheet using https://kids.sandiegozoo.org

  4. Guide students how to set up individual SlideShow Presentations.

  5.  As students present their classmates should guess their animal based on clues.

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Create a checklist/rubric on Google Sheets for what you want the presentation to include. Check off necessary elements as students present to the class.

MITECS Competencies

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
3c. Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Creative Communicator
6b. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6c. Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Office 35 or Google Slides

Websites:
Animal Research Worksheet

San Diego Zoo

Student Example

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

S.CN.02.06- Make presentations or reports in standard American English if it is their first language.

Science

L.HE.E.1 Observable Characteristics - Plants and animals share many, but not all, characteristics of their parents.

Social Studies

Students will learn about the animal's habitat and where they are located. 

CREDITS
This task card was created by Kimberly Peltier, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools, October 2018.