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Lesson Plan: Animal Homes (Science - GR 1)

beaver lodge

Subject:  Science

Grade: 1

Lesson Objective: To learn about two different animal homes

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.1- Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.




  • What is the difference between a beaver and a prairie dog?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • There are some differences between beavers and prairie dogs, but there are many similarities. 
  • Beavers and prairie dogs live in different places and eat different foods.  Beavers are animals that live in water and prairie dogs live on land.  Beavers eat bark, twigs, stems and buds and prairie dogs eat mostly leaves and a few bugs.
  • Some of the ways that beavers and prairie dogs are the same is that they both live in groups, they are both rodents and they both build their own homes.
  • We have talked a little about different animal homes.  We have talked about where some animals live and we have read a book about an animal who searching for his home.
  • Some animals use homes or spaces that they find.  Other animals build homes such as nests, hives and dens.
  • Beavers and prairie dogs build their own homes.  They both build homes that are big enough for a group of animals to live in and homes that protect them from other animals.
  • You are going to be reading about beaver and prairie dog homes and then answering questions.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



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

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