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Tagged With: Animals

7 Great Websites to Teach Habitats

habitatWhether you teach habitats in second grade or Middle School, understanding how animals survive in their corner of the world is critical to a well-rounded perspective on life on planet Earth. Animals evolve or disappear based on their ability to adapt to the environment.

Here are eight resources to encourage discovery of the amazing and varied worlds that surround Earth’s animals:

Build a Habitat 

This interactive, colorful site gamifies the process of creating a habitat that suits the selected animal. After reading brief instructions (including the definition of habitat), students select the animal, the habitat, the vegetation, and the precipitation level. Then, the site calculates how compatible their choices are to the animal’s survival. For example, if the student places a beaver in the desert in a downpour, the compatibility thermometer will be low.

This game is part of the popular Switch Zoo  site where students can mix-and-match body parts to create their own favorite animal. It is available on computers, Chromebooks, and in a limited edition as an app.

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Weekend Websites: 50 websites about animals

Here are 50 animal websites for grades K-5, everything from Dinosaurs to the wildly popular Wolfquest:animals

  1. 3D Toad—3D science study
  2. Adaptations—game
  3. Animal Adaptations
  4. Animal games
  5. Animal Games II
  6. Animal games II
  7. Animal Games III
  8. Animal Habitats
  9. Animal homes
  10. Animal homes
  11. Animal Homes II
  12. Animal Homes III
  13. Animal puzzle games–cool
  14. Animals
  15. Animals—San Diego Zoo Videos
  16. Barnaby and Bellinda Bear
  17. Bembo’s Zoo
  18. Build a habitat
  19. Build a habitat II
  20. Butterfies and habitats
  21. Classify animals
  22. Cockroach—virtual
  23. Dino collection
  24. Dino Fossils then and now
  25. Dino Games
  26. Dino Games II
  27. Dinosaurs
  28. Dinosaurs II
  29. Dinosaurs IV
  30. Dinosaurs V
  31. Dinosaurs VI
  32. Endangered species collection
  33. Food chain
  34. Food Chains
  35. Frog habitat
  36. Google Earth—African Animals
  37. Google Earth—endangered animals
  38. Habitat Game
  39. Habitats—create one
  40. Habitats—match them
  41. Life Cycles
  42. Life—the Game–colorful
  43. Ocean Currents—video from NASA
  44. Ocean Safari
  45. Ocean Tracks
  46. Video Safari
  47. Virtual Cockroach
  48. Virtual Farm
  49. Virtual Zoo
  50. Wolfquest—simulation–DL

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Categories: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Websites | Tags: , | Leave a comment

Weekend Website #98: Smithsonian Wild

Every Friday, I share a website (or app) that I’ve heard about, checked into, been excited to use. This one is a math app. Since ‘math’ is by far the most popular search term of readers who seek out my blog, I know you’re going to enjoy this review.

[caption id="attachment_8454" align="aligncenter" width="614"]smithsonian wild Amazing wild animal pictures[/caption]

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Categories: 2nd, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th grade, Images, Reviews, Science, Websites | Tags: , | Leave a comment

Teach Animal Adaptations with an MS Word Diagram

This project is part of a triptych that collaborates with a classroom unit on animals. The first was another diagram, that one to teach animal characteristics.

This one is a great project that mixes the visual with the written. Students loved collaborating to come up with the animal adaptations. Allow them to take ample time surveying the plethora of amazing animal pictures that represent the adaptations they selected. Overall a popular project that teaches a lot. Easily completed in 30 minutes. (more…)

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3 Projects to Integrate Tech into an Animals Unit–Part I

Somewhere between third and fourth grade, students cover how animals adapt to their environments and what special characteristics they develop to enhance their survival. This is a wonderful time to use the internet to explore the amazing creatures that inhabit our world in all of their unique glory.

I put together a series of explorations for my lower school:

Come back and visit the next three days and you’ll get all three of them. Or, sign up for an RSS feed and I’ll send it to you.


Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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Categories: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Lesson plans | Tags: , | Leave a comment

Use MS Word Diagrams to Teach About Animals

This project is part of a triptych that collaborates with a classroom unit on animals. The first was another diagram, that one to teach animal characteristics.

This one is a great project that mixes the visual with the written. Students loved collaborating to come up with the animal adaptations. Allow them to take ample time surveying the plethora of amazing animal pictures that represent the adaptations they selected. Overall a popular project that teaches a lot. Easily completed in 30 minutes. (more…)

Categories: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Lesson plans, Word processing | Tags: | Leave a comment

3 Projects to Integrate Tech into an Animals Unit–Part I

animalsSomewhere between third and fourth grade, students cover how animals adapt to their environments and what special characteristics they develop to enhance their survival. This is a wonderful time to use the internet to explore the amazing creatures that inhabit our world in all of their unique glory.

I put together a series of explorations for my lower school:

Come back and visit the next three days and you’ll get all three of them. Or, sign up for an RSS feed and I’ll send it to you. (more…)

Categories: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, Freebies/Discounts, Geography, Lesson plans, Science, Web Tools | Tags: , | Leave a comment

#87: Use MS Word’s Diagrams to Teach Animal Characteristics

Use MS Word to organize an animal group (reptiles, mammals, amphibians, etc.) and their traits. This project is a favorite with my students, mostly because of the stunning animal picture they get to embed into the background. (more…)

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