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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
Unit: Classification of Common Animals
Unit Keywords: amphibians, animals, arachnid, bird,
fish, insect, mammal, reptile
Vocabulary: arachnids, birds, characteristics, classify, amphibians,
hatch, life cycles, mammals, reptiles
* know how and why scientists classify animals
* know the habitats of common animals
* know how animals grow and change
* 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
Unit: Data Analysis and Probability
Vocabulary: bar graph, chance, compare, data, graph,
* collect, organize, and describe data
* formulate and solve problems that involve collecting and analyzing
* create, read, and interpret simple pictographs and bar graphs (horizontal
* use tallies to record data
Unit: which unit?
*Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing
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.
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.
Jan Brett’s Web Site
Animal Mask Downloads (The Mitten, The Hat, Gingerbread
Baby and Town Mouse Country Mouse.)
Jan Brett: Teacher Resource File
Great resource site which includes author biography, unit/lesson plans,
ERIC resources and references.
The Mitten - A Teacher Cyber Guide by
Activities centered around The Mitten such as journal and descriptive
letter writing, researching animals
in the mitten and printing masks for a class play.
The Meeting in the Mitten
Animals in the mitten and how they protect themselves.
The Meeting in the Mitten - Webquest
Animals in Winter Web Quest - Jan Brett’s “The
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.
The Mitten Webquest
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.
Edu World - A Blizzard of Winter Lessons
All About Mammals
http://www.zoomschool.com/subjects/mammals/The Mitten: A Unit from Hubbard’s
Learning About Mammals With Jan Brett's "The
A web quest for First Grade students and a helpful adult.
All about Mammals - Kidzone
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
Animal Bytes - Sea World/Busch Gardens
Animal Bytes were specifically designed to help you quickly find information
of the unique creatures found in the animal kingdom. Most files include
the scientific classification,
fun facts, and biological value.
Nature Works Web Site - Great links
to animal sites.
Animals of the Sea
Feature pictures, sounds, and information about dolphins, sharks whales,
the octopus, fish and sea turtles.
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.
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
Everyone Needs a Home Webquest
Animal Adaptations - An Internet Field Trip
Fitting in with your environment-- that's what animal adaptations are
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.
Animals found in New England
Jan Brett - Design Your Own Mitten
Mitten color sheet -
Matching Game Cards - downloadable and
Polar Matching Game - online interactive
Word Search Habitat Game - online interactive
Stranger in the Woods Word Jumble
Winter Word Jumble
Who Goes Where? Decide which animal
name goes in each blank.
North Country Night
Match the names of the animals who come out at night in winter.
Lace up mitten and animal cut outs
Mitten Craft - a Clip Bookmark
Animal Alphabet Flashcards
You print them, you write about the animals... You create your own Animal
Spot the Animal
An online interactive game. Match the animals and its part.
All About Animals
Find a variety of activities across the curriculum in this animals theme
The Food Chain
General information about the food chain and a diagram.
Use this interactive site to create a customized venn diagram.
Venn diagram Generator
Print out a blank venn diagram
or use the interactive diagram maker to customize your own.
Interactive Venn Diagram
ABC Teach printable
Download and print a blank venn diagram
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