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Lesson Plan: Hibernation (Science - Grade 2)

Subject:  Science

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To learn about animals that hibernate and then answer questions about them

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.




  • What do you think animals that hibernate have in common?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Animals that hibernate all do so to survive the cold weather in winter.  Winter can be very cold with snow storms and wind.  Animals that hibernate would not be able to live through the winter if they did not hibernate.
  • How do animals that hibernate get ready to hibernate?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Some animals that hibernate eat a lot all fall.  They try to gain as much weight as they can so that they can hibernate all winter.  Other animals gather food to keep where they are hibernating.  These animals wake up from hibernation and eat and then go back to hibernating.
  • Most animals that hibernate are small, which makes it easier to hibernate.
  • Here is one fun fact about animals that hibernate.  There is a type of wood frog that can survive being frozen and thawed out a few times during the winter because they have something special in their blood.
  • Another fun fact is that dormice hold the record for the longest hibernation.  They have hibernated for up to 11 months!
  • We have talked about some animals that hibernate, but you are going to be reading more about hibernation.  You are then going to answer questions about what you have read.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share)

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