Birds and Their Habitats

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Name of Activity Birds and Their Habitats
Author Emma Coltoff, Pami Anderson
Keywords animal, adaptations, habitat, birds, climate
Subject Non-LEGO
Grade Level 4, 5
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Students are assigned a habitat and must sketch a bird with physical traits that are essential to surviving in that habitat.
Lesson Objectives: identifying birds for certain habitats, emphasizing observed characteristics of animals that are fully inherited and characteristics that are affected by the climate or environment
Materials Needed: Worksheet and writing utensils
Preparation and Set Up: Assign habitats to groups/pairs within the class. Give background on the habitats.
Procedure
  1. Introduce the six habitats:
    1. Wetlands
    2. Arctic
    3. Desert
    4. Rainforest
    5. Aquatic
    6. Grasslands
  2. Assign each of the habitats to a group of students.
  3. Help the students to sketch a bird and label the characteristics of the bird that are essential to its survival in that particular habitat.
Modifications: * Add more habitats
* Have students label which traits are inherited and which are adapted
Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable) Animal Adaptations
Reference 1 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/Animal-Adaptations.docx

Climate Change

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Name of Activity Climate Change
Author STOMP
Keywords climate, change, climate change, planet, environment, polar bears, arctic, zoo, transportation
Subject NXTs, LEGO Building
Grade Level K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Teach students about climate change and how it could affect the planet. Then the students will build a vehicle that can transport 2 polar bears from the melting arctic to a safe zoo.
Lesson Objectives: To teach students about climate change.
Materials Needed: Lego kits, polar bears (can be made from clay, cotton balls, etc- just make sure they will be scaled so they can fit in a Lego car)
Preparation and Set Up: Make polar bears. Make an overhead about climate change if you want to.
Procedure There is not an overhead about climate change- but it would be pretty easy to make one. Do the activity. The worksheet is just for fun.
Extensions: Depending on the students’ building skills- the cars can use motors or not. You can have certain specs such as the polar bears must be enclosed so they don’t get too hot during the journey.
Reference 1 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/i1.doc

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