Using an age-appropriate reference site, students identify three facts on a dangerous animal then record those facts on a printable graphic organizer.
animals, graphic organizer, zoology
Lesson PlanPrior to this lesson, students should be comfortable opening and closing windows, as well as clicking icons on a computer Desktop. Also, be sure to create on the Desktop a shortcut to the sites below:
To create shortcuts, open your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Foxfire, Safari) and type in the URL for one of the above Web sites. When the page opens, drag the Web site address (URL) from the Address Bar to the computer Desktop. An icon will appear with the Web site address as the title. Click the icon and rename it something very simple, such as "Animals" or "Organizer." Be sure to add the shortcuts to every computer (lab or classroom) to be used in this assignment.
Begin the lesson by asking students to pretend that a NASA space probe recently discovered a large animal living on Mars. Ask what they would like to find out about this new animal if they were NASA scientists. Questions might include, "What does it eat?" "How big is it?" "When and where does it sleep?" "When it's a baby, what does it look like?" Write students' responses on the chalkboard.
Next, ask students to choose the three most important questions on the board. Those might include habitat, food, behaviors, or other characteristics. Explain to students that they are going to look for answers to those questions, but the answers won't be about an imaginary animal; they're going to find out about some dangerous animals.
Walk students through the following steps:
Point out to students that they can choose from six poisonous animals, or they can click the word "Venomous" in the menu at the top of the page and choose from more animals there. They also can look for dangerous animal in any of the other animal categories.
You can display students' work in the classroom or collect their work in a binder and place it in the reading center for browsing.
Students will e evaluated on their
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