Animal Survival

Animal Survival

Students learn that plants and animals all have structures that help them survive. In acting out scenes involving animals, students also learn that a dramatic scene has characters, setting, dialog/action, and plot.

Grade 3
Content Area Science
Key Benchmark SC 3.4.1: Compare distinct structures of living things that help them to survive

Art Form Drama
Art Benchmark FA 3.3.1: Create a dramatization based on a story
School Year 2005-2006
Artist Kelsey Rothrock
Unit Plan
Comments

GLO: #3 Complex Thinker
Assessment: Work Sample (Science); Rubric (Drama);
Checklist (GLO) See PDF files for details.:



Lesson Plans


LP 1 What is an Animal?

Students learn the definition of an animal and that animals are classified by types. We also introduce the key concept that all plants and animals have physical structures that contribute to their survival.

LP 2 What Am I?

Students draw an animal fact & picture card and “become” that animal. They use the picture, fact card, and prior knowledge to represent their animal using movement and sound. Students share their dramatic representations with the class in a game of animal charades. In this lesson we also begin working on responding to performance by describing, interpreting, and evaluating what we see.

LP 3 Mammals and Birds

Students learn the characteristics animals in these classifications, with a focus on the structures they have for survival. In this lesson we also begin working on responding to performance by describing, interpreting, and evaluating what we see.

LP 4 Animal Pantomime

Students continue working on creating an animal character, focusing on mammals and birds. They share their work via pantomime, this time interacting with other animal characters. Again, there is time for responding to the performances and for self-evaluation.

LP 5 Amphibians, Fish, and Reptiles

Students learn the characteristics animals in these classifications, with a focus on the structures they have for survival.

LP 6 Storybuilding in Drama

Students build simple stories about their assigned animals, one word at a time. The resulting stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Animals include amphibians, fish, and reptiles.

LP 7 Picture Task (Assessment)

Students group animals by survival traits.

LP 8 Presenting a Scene (Assessment)

Students present a final scene with a partner that shows their knowledge of their animal and what characteristics it exhibits.