Animal Habitats
Habitats are homes for living things.
Do you know what kind of habitats are in Georgia?









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Life Science Georgia Performance Standard for 3rd Grade

S3L1 Students will investigate the habitats of different organisms and the dependence of organisms on their habitat.

a. Differentiate between habitats of Georgia (mountains, marsh/swamp, coast, Piedmont, Atlantic Ocean) and the organisms that live there.

** This web page is based on the third grade life science Georgia Performance Standard. With this site, children will be able to explore the regions of Georgia and the animal habitats in each region.
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Activity One
1What Makes a Habitat?
In this activity the student will learn about animal habitats and practice what they have learned online.
2. PLO: From this beginning activity, students will be introduced to habitats and learn what animals live in certain habitats.
The student will learn what a habitat is and what animals live in those habitats.
3. Materials: For this activity, you will need:
  • a computer with access to the Internet
  • websites listed below under numbers 1, 2, and 3
  • paper to record quiz score
4. Procedures  
A. First, click on the website for number 1. Follow the instructions listed to find the proper spot on the site to watch the video.
Pay close attention to the sea and pond, will you take a quiz on it next.
B. After watching the fifteen minute video, click on the site by number 2 to take a quiz.
You must take a quiz on at least the Temperate Pond, Sea, and try the Temperate Farmland . Please feel free however, to try them all.
You may click on the info tabs at this site to help you out. Be sure to read every question carefully. Once you choose your answer, listen closely to the narrator as he tells you if you got the answer correct or not. Also listen as he explains each.
Write your grade down. If you got four right, that would be 4/6, or 4 out of 6.
C.  Once you have finished taking the quiz on at least the three regions listed above, you may click the number 3 website to play
 a game matching animals to their proper habitats. This one is just for fun. 
5.  Product:  After doing this activity, the students will better understand animals and their habitats. It will also help students to better understand what an animal needs to survive.



Activity Two
1Georgia Regions
In this activity, students will learn more about regions, specifically Georgia regions and the animals which live in those regions.
2. PLO - The student will become familiar with animal classifications within the Georgia regions and specific characteristics about certain animals.
3. Materials: For this activity, you will need:
  •  A computer with access to the Internet
  • the web sites listed below under number 4
  • Microsoft WORD
  • Printer
  • Printer Paper
4. Procedures:
A. First, go to the website listed below under number 4 Georgia Wildlife Web and browse the site. 
B. 
After you have looked around the site, click on the REFERENCES link.
C.
Once there, click Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals to learn more about the different animal classifications.
D.
Once you have clicked these links, you can scroll down to the bottom of each page to see what types of animals are native to Georgia.
This list will also show you which animals are endangered.
E. Once you have investigated the site, you may pick one animal out of any of the four animal classifications.
You will write a short report in a MICROSOFT WORD document about your animal, so make sure you investigate all of the information on the site about your animal. In your report, you will include the animal's order, class, and family. You will also discuss some of your animal's characteristics and list the areas the animal will most likely be found in Georgia.

5.  Product: 
After doing this activity, the student will have knowledge of the animals within the Georgia regions and how those animals are distributed throughout the state. The student will also have an in depth study of at least one animal from the animal classifications.


Activity Three
1Animal Comparison
In this activity, students will compare the distribution of different classifications of animals.
2. PLO - The student will compare two animals from each of the four classifications and draw a Venn Diagram to show one comparison.
3. Materials:
  •  A computer with access to the Internet
  • the websites listed below under numbers 4 and 5
  • Microsoft WORD
  • Microsoft PAINT
  • Printer
  • Printer Paper
4. Procedures:
A. Go to the Georgia  GAP web site listed below under number 5  Georgia Gap.
B.
Click on the different links on this page for amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Then find your favorite animal and click the name to see where it is most likely to be found in Georgia.
C. Once you have found and investigated your favorite animal, compare the distribution of the state bird, the Brown Thrasher, to the Bald Eagle. You should see a noticeable difference in the two.
D. Once you have compared the difference in the two birds, go to reptiles, amphibians, and mammals to compare two animals from each of these three groups.
E. When you have successfully completed a comparison in all four animal classifications, pick a comparison that most interested you. Draw a Venn Diagram in MICROSOFT WORD to compare the two animals (you may use information from Activity 2's website,
Georgia Wildlife Web, to get more information for your Venn Diagram). Then, draw a picture with both of your animals on one page in MICROSOFT PAINT.

5.  Product: 
After doing this activity,the student will have knowledge of the animals within the Georgia regions and how those animals are distributed throughout the state.  The student will compare two different animals in one of the animal classifications of his/her choice. The student will use MICROSOFT WORD to create a Venn Diagram to show the comparisons. The student will also create a picture in MICROSOFT PAINT of the two animals he/she chose.

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Topic Websites:

1. Habitat Logo Visit this site and click resources on the right hand side of the page. Then click:
  Habitats: Homes for Living Things (15:00) . Watch the video and learn a little more about what a habitat actually is.

2.
Active ScienceVisit this site and take a quiz. Click on the info and other clues to help you answer the questions. Before long, you will be an animal habitat GENIUS!

3. Kaboose   Just for fun, help the animals get to their proper homes.  


4.    Georgia Wildlife Web Go to this site and look around. Once you have browsed for awhile and learned about the Georgia regions, click on the REFERENCES link. Once there, click Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals to learn more about the different animal classifications.  Once there, you can scroll down to the bottom of each page to see what types of animals are native to Georgia. This list will also show you which animals are endangered.


5.     Georgia GapClick on the different links on this page for amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Then find your favorite animal and click the name to see where it is most likely to be found in Georgia. Then compare the state bird, the Brown Thrasher, to the Bald Eagle. Once you have compared the difference in the two, go to reptiles, amphibians, and mammals to compare two animals from each of these three groups.

More websites on habitats:

WWF Logo Move your mouse over the globe and view the different regions. Then click, "Animal Life" that coincides with that region and learn more about what kind of animals dwell in that habitat.

 

   Active ScienceThis is the same site you visited earlier, but a different game. This game doesn't give you as many clues. See if you can get the bonus question.

iKnowthat.com
    Click on an animal habitat and see if you know what three animals belong.



KidportFind out more about animal habitats.



EEk     Learn more specifically about lake habitats.

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Software Reviews :
Word
Title of software program: Microsoft Office Word

Published by: Microsoft Corporation
Description of use: The students will use this program to write a short story about an animal and its habitat.
Evaluation:  Once the students have been introduced to this software, it is fairly simple for them to use. The only problems that may arise could possibly be alignment. This can be somewhat of a difficult task for younger students to learn, but not impossible.



Office
Title of software program: Microsoft Paint

Published by: Microsoft Corporation
Description of use: The students will use this program to draw a picture of an animal that interests them. The picture will correspond with the short story written in WORD.
Evaluation: Microsoft Paint is also a fairly simple software for children to use. Children as young as preschool can be productive with and enjoy this program.



Animal Adventures
Title of software program: 
JumpStart Animal Adventures
Published by: Knowledge Adventure
Description of use: The students can explore several different animal habitats. The graphics on this program are amazing. The students will receive plenty of habitat knowledge while being entertained by a bat named Batney Ears that sings like Britney Spears and crabs that sound like Green Day. This program hones in on what kids are interested in and uses that to teach them all about animals' natural habitats.

Evaluation: This program has three levels: easy, medium, and hard. So, every child should be able to get something out of this software.



Magic School Bus
Title of software program: The Magic School Bus Explores the World of Animals

Published by: Microsoft
Description of use:
Thirty games and activities to help children learn why animals live where they do and what they need to survive. Students can explore seven different animal habitats around the world and the animal habitats within each zone.
Evaluation: This software may be somewhat more difficult for younger children.
 



Wildlife Park
Title of software program: Wildlife Park
Published by: Encare
Description of use: You have to know a little bit about your animals for this game. After learning all about the habitats, get this software and build and manage your own wildlife park. You have to be sure you know all about the animals' needs before you begin ... you wouldn't want any of your animals getting sick, or worse.
Evaluation: Although this is not one of the better learning tools for animal habitat, it is an interesting way to have the children apply their knowledge. The great animation creates more real-life experiences for the player.








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