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Teacher Resources

Curriculum and Standards | The Mitten Resources| Mammals| Animal Sites

Jan Brett's Animals| Animal Habitats| Activities and Projects |Venn Diagrams

Curriculum and Standards


Needham’s Essential Questions
Classification of Common Animals

1. How and why do scientists classify animals?
2. Where do animals live and why do they live there?
3. How do animals grow and change?


Needham’s Curriculum Database
Science
Unit:
Classification of Common Animals
Unit Keywords: amphibians, animals, arachnid, bird, fish, insect, mammal, reptile
Vocabulary: arachnids, birds, characteristics, classify, amphibians, insects, habitats,
hatch, life cycles, mammals, reptiles
Learning Expectations:

* know how and why scientists classify animals
* know the habitats of common animals
* know how animals grow and change

Suggested Assessments:

* categorize animals into groups using common characteristics (e.g. number of feet, skin, habitat)
* create a report of an animal in its habitat and why it lives there
* illustrate, write, or role play the life cycle of an animal

Math
Unit
: Data Analysis and Probability
Vocabulary: bar graph, chance, compare, data, graph, representation, tallies
Learning Expectations:

* collect, organize, and describe data
* formulate and solve problems that involve collecting and analyzing data
* create, read, and interpret simple pictographs and bar graphs (horizontal and vertical)
* use tallies to record data

English/Reading
Unit:
which unit?

Technology Standards

*Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models,
prepare publications, and produce other creative works.
*Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
*Students use technology tools to process data and report results. Literacy Resources

 

The Mitten Resources

The Mitten - Teacher Resources
A comprehensive literacy unit based on Jan Brett’s The Mitten with extensive resources such as poems,
songs, literature connections, math and art activities, center ideas and favorite links.
http://comsewogue.k12.ny.us/~rstewart/k2001/Themes/mittens/mittens.htm

Jan Brett’s Web Site
http://www.janbrett.com/

Animal Mask Downloads (The Mitten, The Hat, Gingerbread Baby and Town Mouse Country Mouse.)
http://www.janbrett.com/activities_pages_masks.htm

Jan Brett: Teacher Resource File
Great resource site which includes author biography, unit/lesson plans, ERIC resources and references.
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/brett.htm

The Mitten - A Teacher Cyber Guide by Sheron Mehl
Activities centered around The Mitten such as journal and descriptive letter writing, researching animals
in the mitten and printing masks for a class play.
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/mit/mittg.html

The Meeting in the Mitten
Animals in the mitten and how they protect themselves.
http://lovetoteach.homestead.com/themitten.html

The Meeting in the Mitten - Webquest
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/grant/mitten/

Animals in Winter Web Quest - Jan Brett’s “The Hat
After we read The Hat by Jan Brett, do you wonder what animals really do to get ready for winter?
They can't buy a winter coat or turn up the heat like we do! Let's explore to learn what animals really
do to stay warm and have food to eat.
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/pfowler/wquest.htm

The Mitten Webquest
http://warriors.warren.k12.il.us/mmurray/mittenwebquest.html

The Mitten Webquest for 1st graders and 5th grade buddies. Students will read/listen to The Mitten,
select a favorite animal, together create a Power Point slide and finally write a pervasive letter to a logging
company to requesting they protect the animal’s habitat.
http://collier.k12.fl.us/WebLessons/WebQuest/mitten/

Edu World - A Blizzard of Winter Lessons
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson247.shtml

Mammals

All About Mammals
http://www.zoomschool.com/subjects/mammals/The Mitten: A Unit from Hubbard’s
Cupboard http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/the_mitten.html

Learning About Mammals With Jan Brett's "The Hat"
A web quest for First Grade students and a helpful adult.
http://www.dedham.k12.ma.us/webquest/fall2000/cd/mammalwebquest.html

All about Mammals - Kidzone
http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/

 

Animals
Animal Book List
A list of books that relate to Needham's Animal Classification Unit. Complied and published by Mitchell's Media Specialist, Karen Smith. The list reflects the books available in the Mitchell Media Center.
http://mitchell.needham.k12.ma.us/media_center/grade1books.html#animals

Animal Bytes - Sea World/Busch Gardens
Animal Bytes were specifically designed to help you quickly find information about some
of the unique creatures found in the animal kingdom. Most files include the scientific classification,
fun facts, and biological value.
http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/animal-bytes/index.htm

Nature Works Web Site - Great links to animal sites.
http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/nw4.htm

Animals of the Sea
Feature pictures, sounds, and information about dolphins, sharks whales, the octopus, fish and sea turtles.
http://www.germantown.k12.il.us/html/animals1.html

Animals A to Z - An Internet Field Trip
Students take a virtual tour of the National Zoo or search for their favorite animal on the Web.
From Scholastic.
http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/results/view.asp?SubjectID=4&SubheadID=9&Topi
cID=107&GradeID=&PageURL=%2Ffieldtrp%2Fk2%2Fanimals%2Ehtm

 

Jan Brett's Animals

armadillo
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/armadillo/Armadilloprintout.shtml

badger
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/badger/Badgerprintout.shtml

bears
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/bear/Bearcoloring.shtml

cat
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/cats/cat/Catprintout.shtml

crane
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/birds/printouts/Crane.shtml

dog
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/dog/index.shtml

fox
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/fox/Foxprintout.shtml

elephant
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/elephant/Elephantcoloring.shtml

giraffe
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/giraffe/Giraffecoloring.shtml

guinea hen
guinea_hen.html

hedgehog
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/hedgehog/Hedgehogprintout.shtml

horse
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/horse/Horsecoloring.shtml

human
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/anatomy/body/label/

hyena
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/hyena/Hyena.shtml

leopard
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/cats/leopard/Leopardprintout.shtml

lion
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/lion/coloring.shtml

mole
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/mole/Moleprintout.shtml

monkey
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/monkey/Monkeyprintout.shtml

moose
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/deer/Mooseprintout.shtml

mouse
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/rodent/Mouseprintout.shtml

ostrich
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/birds/printouts/Ostrichcoloring.shtml

owl
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/birds/printouts/Owlcoloring.shtml

platypus
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/platypus/Duckbillprintout.shtml

polar bear
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/bear/Polarbearcoloring.shtml

python
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/reptiles/snakes/Pythonprintout.shtml

rabbit
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/farm/Rabbitprintout.shtml

reindeer
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/deer/Reindeerprintout.shtml

sea turtle
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/turtle/Seaturtlecoloring.shtml

tree frog
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/amphibians/redeyedtreefrog.shtml

wild cat
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammals/cats/wildcat/Wildcatprintout.shtml

zebra
http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/mammal/zebra/Zebracoloring.shtml

 

Animal Habitats
In the City, City Critters
Students take a wildlife field trip of the neighborhood with the Magic School Bus and Ms. Frizzle to discover what animals might live there.From Scholastic.
http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/games/teacher/critters/

Everyone Needs a Home Webquest
http://www.cap.nsw.edu.au/bb_site_intro/stage1_Modules/shelter/shelter.html

Animal Adaptations - An Internet Field Trip
Fitting in with your environment-- that's what animal adaptations are all about!Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/results/view.asp?SubjectID=4&SubheadID=9&
TopicID=107&GradeID=&PageURL=%2Ffieldtrp%2Fk2%2Fanimadap%2Ehtm

Animal Diaries
Come with us on a journey into the world of animals.  We will join them in their homelands -
their habitats around the globe.  We need to hear from the animals of the earth.
http://www.tesan.vuurwerk.nl/diaries/index.html

Animals found in New England
http://www.dedham.k12.ma.us/webquest/fall2003/am/webquest.htm

 

Activities and Projects

Jan Brett - Design Your Own Mitten
http://www.janbrett.com/design_your_own_mitten.htm

Mitten color sheet -
http://www.janbrett.com/mitten_coloring_page_animals.htm

Matching Game Cards - downloadable and printable
http://www.janbrett.com/games/matching_animals_game_main.htm

Polar Matching Game - online interactive
http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/game/

Word Search Habitat Game - online interactive
http://www.huntingtonsolutions.com/game/word_puzzle_net8.htm

Stranger in the Woods Word Jumble
http://www.quia.com/jw/40810.html

Winter Word Jumble
http://www.quia.com/jw/41427.html

Who Goes Where? Decide which animal name goes in each blank.
http://www.quia.com/pop/28964.html

North Country Night
Match the names of the animals who come out at night in winter.
http://www.quia.com/mc/231357.html

Lace up mitten and animal cut outs
http://www.bry-backmanor.org/actpag21b.html

Mitten Craft - a Clip Bookmark
http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/bookmark2.html

Animal Alphabet Flashcards
You print them, you write about the animals... You create your own Animal FlashCards!
http://www.billybear4kids.com/animal/animal-abc/a.htmlAnimal Web sites

Spot the Animal
An online interactive game. Match the animals and its part.
http://games.funschool.com/game.php?g=whk_ds1&t=j&w=620&h=360

All About Animals
Find a variety of activities across the curriculum in this animals theme unit. Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/results/view.asp?SubjectID=4&SubheadID=
9&TopicID=107&GradeID=&PageURL=%2Flessonrepro%2Fk%5F2theme%2Fanimals%2Ehtm

The Food Chain
General information about the food chain and a diagram.
http://www.planetpals.com/foodchain.html#chartTools

 

Venn Diagrams
Use this interactive site to create a customized venn diagram.
http://www.venndiagram.com/venn01.html

Venn diagram Generator

Print out a blank venn diagram
http://www.teach-nology.com/cgi-bin/venn.cgi

or use the interactive diagram maker to customize your own.
http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/graphic_org/venn_diagrams/

Interactive Venn Diagram
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/venn/

ABC Teach printable
Download and print a blank venn diagram
http://www.abcteach.com/Writing/venn2.htm

Kathleen Martell, Instructional Technology Specialist
Needham Public Schools, Needham MA