Let students select the animal of their choice to begin research. This will probably take two to three sessions. Make a
note-taking worksheet for the students to record important details they find
about their animals. The worksheet should include a section for: description of
the animal, habitat, diet, enemies, and interesting facts about the animal. These
will be the topics for the five paragraphs that the students will later write.
Give students ample time to research their animals. I gave each student a
clipboard, along with their note-taking worksheet. This made it easier to take
notes while searching on the Internet or looking through books. Some good
Internet sites include:
A sample outline for students to follow is below:
Animal Report Outline
I. Description of Animal
C. Type of home
A. What it eats
B. Where it gets it's food
C. How it gets it's food
A. What preys upon the animal?
B. What defenses does the animal use?
V. Interesting Facts
See Lesson 5