Teaching through Trade Books: A Habitat Is a Homeby: Christine Anne Royce

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We all have our own habitats, and this month students spend time thinking about what other organisms need to survive, what types of habitats they live in, and how to set up a habitat for a classroom animal.

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  • on Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:21 PM

I really enjoyed reading this article. I liked how they gave two trade books and two full lessons on how to teach habitats to students. The lessons were easy to follow and seem very engaging for students. I also liked how the first lesson was more specific to the younger grades while the second lesson was more for the older grades. I think there is a lot of good ideas that would be beneficial to add into the classroom. I am about to be teaching a few science lessons about habitats in a kindergarten classroom. I am eager to see if I can incorporate some of these ideas into my lessons.

Abbey Calzini
Abbey Calzini

  • on Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:42 AM

I really liked this article that explained teaching students about habitats through two trade books which were recommended. The article also included two lesson plans with clear and through directions for any educators to follow. Then, I liked how each lesson plan had a box at the bottom that listed how this lesson connected to the National Science Education Standards. For these reasons, I think I will definitely use these lessons when teaching about animal habitat!

Seo Yi
Seo Yi

  • on Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:05 PM

Students read two popular trade books and then plan an appropriate habitat for a classroom animal. This wonderful hands-on activity helps students understand what a habitat is. They research the factors that need to be provided to make their classroom animal healthy and happy.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

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