Animal Tracks With Peep
It is a fun skill to be able to identify animal tracks. Every animal has their own unique track they leave in the sand or snow. Using Peep and the Big Wide World, students will learn about different animals and the tracks they make.
- Be able to identify animal tracks.
- Understand and learn about different animals.
Animals: Animals are living organisms that feed on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous systems and able to respond rapidly to stimuli.
Track: An animal track is an imprint left behind in soil, snow, or mud, or on some other ground surface, by an animal walking across it.
To prepare for this lesson:
The teacher will introduce students to various animals.
Preview the website Peep and the Big Wide World.
Preview the videos, games, and resources that connect to the topics for prior knowledge.
Create student partnerships. Upper-grade students could introduce Peep to the students.
See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources.
Different options for assessing the students:
- Check for understanding
- Students will draw animals and their tracks.
- Students can be given a handout with tracks and animals and have to draw a line to connect the correct track to the animal.
MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards
MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students): Michigan adopted a state-wide version of the "ISTE Standards for Students" and named them MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.
To learn more about MITECS, visit the State of Michigan's TechPlan.org website for definitions and support documents to assist you in the classroom.
1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
1b. Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
1d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Devices and Resources
CONTENT AREA RESOURCES
Students type a story on the computer about an animal and illustrate it with the animal tracks.
- Students draw animals and their tracks on paper.
- Students make tracks in clay.
Students can measure tracks and discuss the different sizes.
Students learn about different animals.
Students learn about where different animals live.
This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, May 2021.