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What does your habitat look like?

Ecosystem project from Mrs. Johnson's class.

Fifth graders learn about lots of cool and exciting things in science! Recently, Mrs. Johnson’s class explored habitats of various animals such as the trapdoor spider, termites, beavers, and prairie dogs. The students were given an assignment to choose between one of those four animals and create a 3-D habitat, a list of materials used to create the habitat, a picture of the animal’s habitat, and a report full of facts about that animal. The projects brought into school were AMAZING! You can check them out while they are being showcased on the nonfiction and fiction shelves in the media center.

Not only have the students created habitats of various animals, but they have also watched several videos and read in their textbooks on habitats and ecosystems to try to broaden their knowledge base about the way animals live in far away places. From the cold, cold tundra to the hot, rainy rainforest, animals have adapted to their environments. It is the environment in which they live that intrigues the students most.

Another activity Mrs. Johnson’s class did with habitats is to make Venn diagrams. A Venn diagram was created to compare/contrast the Sonoran desert and a cypress swamp, the California coast to a coral reef, the African Savannah to a shortgrass prairie, and the Rocky Mountains to the Arctic Tundra. It was interesting to see how much each ecosystem had in common and also how they were different.

The most exciting part of learning about ecosystems has been creating a Glogster presentation with Mrs. Williams in the media center. Students get to go online and find lots of great websites, videos, quotes, pictures and more to put on their Glogster. Groups of students are researching ecosystems like the ocean, coral reef, grasslands, desert, tropical rain forest, deciduous forest, taiga, and tundra. It is very exciting to see them get so pumped up about learning.

They don’t know it yet, but all of fifth grade will be going to Masonboro Island in April to learn even more about ecosystems!!! It will be a fun filled day of learning as they explore tidal pools, go shell collecting, crabbing, and learn about marshes, estuaries, and ocean life. Ecosystems are a fun part of science and the more hands-on learning we can have, the better!


Written by: Michelle Johnson, 5th Grade Teacher
Posted: Oct 17, 2011 by Jennifer Williams

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