- Helena Day
- Creativity and Innovation, Information, Media and Technological Literacy, Visual Arts, English Language Arts, Reading Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, Writing, Science, Life Science
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- Lower Primary
- K, 1, 2
- Creative Commons Attribution
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Animal Anchor Chart
Animal Research Project Google Slide
National Geographic Kids
Lions and Tigers and Bears OH-my! Animal Research Project and Google Slide Presentation for primary students
Lions and Tigers and Bears OH-my! Help young students practice their research and presentation skills with this fun, hands-on animal research and presentation project.
1) Prior to starting this project, you may want partner with your school librarian and/or STEAM teacher. Gather books and other resources to help peak your students interest and help them with their animal research.
1) Choose an animal that you would like to learn more about. To help you choose:
- Check out the books in our class library.
- Check out the following links:
- National Geographic Kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/
- Kids Info-bits: https://infohio.org/document-library/item/kids-infobits?passthru=Y
** Before students begin researching it would be beneficial to make sure students have previous knowledge and practice with search techniques. For more information on how to teach this check out INFOhio's research module for teachers: https://success.infohio.org/module/search-effectively/get-ready
1) In a large group create an anchor chart for students to reference back to during their researching. You could create your own on chart paper or use this digital version:
2) Use the following links to research your animal:
National Geographic Kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/
3) Find the answers to the following questions:
- My animal's name is and an interesting fact.
- My animal lives?
- My animal can?
- My animal has?
- Why I chose this animal?
Create Animal Presentation
4) Complete the Google Slide presentation and make it your own.
- Title slide 1:
- Change the title to represent your animal.
- Change the image.
- Add your name.
- Slides 2-6:
- Complete the sentence.
- Add a sentence or two of your own.
- Change the image.
- Challenge yourself by adding additional slides that tell interesting facts about your animal.
Present Animal to Classmates
Help students practice speaking skills. You may find this free rubric TPT download made by Apples and Bananas Education helpful.
5) Practice reading and presenting your presentation. Remember to look at presentation rubric to help you prepare.
1) To extend this lesson further partner with your schools Librarian, art teaher and/or STEAM teacher and have students create a model of their animal to use with their presentation. Provide a variety of materials for students to use. A quick google search will provide examples to help get your students creative juices flowing.
1) Use resources provided to create a model of your animal.