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The 4th graders learned about habitats and ecosystems.  We learned that an ecosystem is all the non-living and living things found in an environment and how they interact.  Some non-living things found in an ecosystem are rocks, soil, sunlight, and wind.  We also learned that a habitat is an animal’s home. 

 

        We did an activity where we had to take animals and sort them into habitats.  But these were no ordinary animals…they were animal crackers!  We sorted the animals into six different habitats:  tundra, desert, rainforest, grassland, deciduous forest, and ocean.  Then we compared our data with the rest of our group.  Working together as a group, the 4th graders created a graph to show how many animals belonged in each habitat.

 

Do we have to wait to eat them?  J

Having fun sorting animals into habitats.

We are really good at working in a group!

Science is too much fun!

Almost done sorting…

Which habitat does this animal belong to?

 

 

 

Here is a list of animals that are found in a package of animal crackers.  We discovered which habitat each animal belongs to.

 

Animal

Habitat

polar Bear

tundra

bison

grassland

camel

desert

cougar

deciduous forest

elephant

grassland

giraffe

grassland

gorilla

rainforest

hippo

grassland

hyena

desert (sometimes grassland)

kangaroo

grassland

koala

deciduous forest

lion

grassland

monkey

rainforest

rhino

grassland

seal

ocean

bighorn sheep

desert

tiger

grassland

zebra

grassland

 

 

Who knew there was so much science inside a box of animal crackers?

 

 

 

 

*TEACHERS* - I found this free lesson plan from ABC Teach.  Click here for the .pdf file.

 

 

 

 

 


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