Grade 2

Guess My Animal

Knowledge Constructor and Creative Communicator


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.

Students will:

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

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.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Make yourself familiar with the San Diego Zoo 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, which will flip over and list examples of specific foods the animal eats.

  • This project will take several class periods to complete.

  • You will want to make student copies of the Animal Research Worksheet

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

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4student website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Introduce students to the San Diego Zoo website.

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

  3. Have students complete Animal Research Worksheet using

  4. Guide students on how to set up individual slide show Presentations.

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

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: 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.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

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

Animal Research Worksheet

San Diego Zoo website

Student Example


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

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

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

This task card was created by Kimberly Peltier, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools, October 2018. Updated October 2023.