Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mammals, Birds and Fish...Oh, My!

Here is another science unit that I pulled together  before the end of the year!  These are the standards that I  wanted to cover this year.   Some of the standards will be taught in third grade next year but I  still wanted to cover them to help build their schema.
  • Living vs. Nonliving Things
  • Food Chains and Webs: herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, producers and consumers
  • Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates
  • Classification: Mammals, Fish, Birds, Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Adaptations- physical features and behaviors, mimicry, camouflage, hibernation and migration

I have animal books but need more. trade books to address my fourth grade standards.  Here are a few titles that I have found:

I purchased the following packet from Teachers Pay Teachers.  I did not use it as a Report but as activities after each lesson.  The sheets are very open-ended.
My children drew the food chain/webs from the unit above.

The children use different utensil to collect food(items) and learn why beaks are different

We used "The Sciencesaurus" to read the sections on the above standards.  The kids are very familiar with animals but needed to learn the new vocabulary.  Great text for fourth and fifth graders.

Great Source Sciencesaurus: Student Handbook Grades 4 - 5
Here are the animal classification posters we made after reading 
about the 5 groups of vertebrates and took notes.

Check out the clips on Study Jams and Brainpop:

Here are some activities that I found that can be added to your unit:

Free Powerpoint
Food Chain
Food Chain
Animal Classification

Savanna Lapbook Inside
Lap Book ideas for Adaptations


  1. These activities look like so much fun! I love the food chains/webs! :)

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  2. I just found your blog (and became a new follower!) and I'm glad I did. I really need to step up my science game next year. Thanks for some great ideas :)

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  3. Hi, my name is Kerrie and I have a 4th grader who has a paper she needs to write on Food chains and Food webs, she has to tell what each of them are and compare and contrast them. Do you have any suggestions for any good websites to get information on them.