Habitats Classroom Project

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Habitats -
Habitats and the Plants and Animals that live within.
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If a camel lived in a rainforest, would it still have a hump? In this project, students research habitats, and the animal and plant life within. Students will learn about threats to habitat life, as well as unique qualities of each habitat. Email exchanges help students identify differences and similarities?between their own habitat and that of their ePals.
Essential Questions
  1. How do different habitats affect human, plant and animal life?
  2. Why are there different types of habitats?
  1. Students will be able to identify the characteristics of different habitats.
  2. Students will be able to describe the plants and animals most commonly found in specific habitats.
  3. Students will be able to explain why certain animals and plants live in specific habitats.
  4. Students will be able to describe the geographic and climate conditions of specific habitats.
Culminating Activity?
Student pairs create digital presentations of their habitats with maps, photos and text to send as final reports to both their ePals and their ePals? teacher.
Project Elements?
This project has four parts:
  1. Engage, Activate Prior Knowledge and Build Context;
  2. Students exchange?five emails with their ePals;
  3. Students create presentations about a habitat in their ePals? country as a culminating activity; and,
  4. Reflect/Assess.
National Geography Standards
The World in Spatial Terms
Standard 1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information.
Places and Regions
Standard 4: The physical and human characteristics of places.
Standard 5: That people create regions to interpret Earth's complexity.
Physical Systems
Standard 8: The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface.
Environment and Society
Standard 14: How human actions modify the physical environment.
Standard 15: How physical systems affect human systems.
Standard 16: The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.

National Science Education Standards:
Unifying Concepts and Processes in Science
K-4 Content Standard C: Life Science.
K-4 Content Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspective.
5-8 Content Standard C: Life Science.
5-8 Content Standard D: Earth and Space Science.
5-8 Content Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspective.

National Educational Technology Standards