In this science lesson, students will have the opportunity to gather information
from media sources, direct observation, interviews, and experiment or
investigate to answer a questions, record gathered information, display the
gathered information using the appropriate format, and explain the answer to the
questions. Students will learn various ways of collecting data, learn to record
their data, and graph their data. They will be categorizing, classifying, and
recording data related to several different animals.|
Animal Investigation Grade Level: Second
Primary content standard: data categorization, classification, and recording.
A student shall demonstrate the ability to categorize, classify, and record
A. gathering information from media sources, direct observation, interviews, and
experiment or investigation to answer a question;
B. recording the gathered information;
C. displaying the gathered information using the appropriate format; and
D. explaining the answer to the question.
I. Concepts: Categorizing, classifying, and recording data related to several
* Students will learn the various ways of collecting data.
* Students will learn to record their data.
* Students will learn to graph their data.
* Large pictures of animals
* Chalkboard or marker board with writing utensils
* Animal investigation notebooks and pencils for each child
* Animal masks
* Video dip, books, magazines and other reference materials to be used as
IV. Procedure: Part 1
1. Tell students, "Today we are going to become scientists."
2. Show students pictures of the animals that they
are to find around the
room and take careful scientific
B. Learning activities
1. Review methods of finding out information.
Write them on the board.
b. Books and other reading materials
d. Internet and computers
2. Review important questions that should
be asked in the interview. Write on the board.
b. Birthplace and habitat?
c. What is your skin like and do you have fur (in animal interview)? d. Do
mothers nurse their babies (in animal interview)? e. Are you warm- blooded (animal
3. Explain that students can use only one interview in
collecting their data. Vote on animal to be interviewed.
4. Pass out "Animal Investigation" notebook and pencil to each student.
5. Become the animal by putting on mask of selected animal. State the name of
the animal and tell class that you are pleased to meet them.
6. Begin the interview and field some questions, a. What is your name? Little
Bear, b. Where do you live? I live in wooded areas and caves, c. Do you have
fur? Yes, and lots of it.
7. Have them record their information in their Animal Investigation notebooks.
Check each child's notebook to see what was recorded and what question(s) they
wanted to ask the bear.
VI. Procedure: Part Two
1. Review what information was gained from the interview.
2. Ask students, "What questions did the bear answer in her song?"
3. Allow students to research each animal set up at stations and record their
4. Gather students together and make conclusions based on their data. Ask
students, "What makes a mammal a mammal?" Review characteristics of each class
5. Graph each animal using their picture and name on board.
6.Send each child back to their seat to create their own graph.
Ask that they draw a picture and write the name of an animal that fits into each
Check collected graphs and see which animals have been placed in each class.
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