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1st Grade Science: The Ecosystem & Animals

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Lauren Walton

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Lauren Walton
TED 346 1st Grade Science: Ecosystem, Animals & Us
Text Set Take a ride with the Frizz as she journeys into the desert. Students will learn about dessert climate and how the plants and animals live there.

This can be used to supplement a lesson about deserts. Students can pretend they are on the bus with the Frizz and write about their own trip to the desert. Magic School Bus: Gets all Dried Up Learn about food chains and food webs on the land and in the sea. Find out who eats what to survive in their environment. Students will learn not only what different animals eat, but also where their food comes from.

Students can create their own food chains from animals in the book or a food chain of things they eat, these food chains can be on an individual scale or a classroom scale on a bulletin board. Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs The Great Kapok Tree is a story about a Kapok tree that is int he process of being chopped down. When the man gets too tired and falls asleep, the animals in the rainforest come to the tree's rescue. They explain to the man the importance of the tree to the rainforest.

Teachers can create a classroom Kapok tree and have students can write on leaves about why the animals said the tree was important to the rainforest. The Great Kapok Tree Antarctica Take a journey to Antarctica and learn about penguins in their home. You will also follow the penguins as they make their nest, lay their eggs and raise their young. See what happens to their environment when a camp of men set up near their nest.

Student can see the effects that humans can have on an animals ecosystem even if we do not come in direct contact with the animals. Students can use this book to create rules to protect animals in their environment. Exploring Ecosystems with Max Axiom By: Agniesezka Biskup
Illustrated By: Tod Smith This graphic novel follows Max Axiom, a scientist and a teacher as he travels and teaches about different ecosystems. Students will learn about what makes an ecosystem successful and what happens if we are without these essential components.

Students can use this as a reference or resource when doing a report. Since this book is a graphic novel, teachers can use this to encourage reading in students who do not particularly enjoy reading. Taking place in the grasslands, find out what happens when one species goes missing. This book stresses the importance that each species has in an ecosystem.

Students can follow along with this book and make their own chain of events as the bees disappear. This book can also be used to teach cause and effect. What If There Were No Bees? By Suzanne Buckingham Slade
Illustrated By: Carol Schwartz By Joanna Cole
Illustrated By: Bruce Degan & Nancy Stevens By: Patricia Lauber
Illustrated By: Holly Keller By: Lynne Cherry By Helen Cowcher Travel through North and South America into 12 biomes, each with their own climates, ecosystems and species. Provides an overview of the different ecosystems and what they are comprised of.

This book can be used as an introductory text because it provides a basic understanding of the different biomes. Students can also use this book to choose a topic for a project because they can see multiple ecosystems. Many Biomes, One Earth By Sneed B. Collard III
Illustrated By: James M. Needham Explore life in a pond through the lens of a camera. These photos give you an up close and personal glimpse into a pond and the animals, insects, and plants that inhabit it.

Teachers can create their own pond life in a classroom aquarium. Students can compare their classroom pond to the one portrayed in the book. They can watch the pond change and collect data on what they see. Pond Life (Look Closer) By: Barbara Taylor Cadenas Alimentarias de la Costa Marina (Seashore Food Chains) explores the food chain in the seashore. Students will learn through realistic pictures how this ecosystem works with the animals in it.

This book is a great addition to a classroom with ELL students because it is available in both English and Spanish. There are also other books by Bobbie Kalman on other ecosystems in both languages. Cadenas Alimentarias de la Costa Marina By: Bobbie Kalman Learn about the ecosystem that is right out your back door. Full of plants, insects, and animals, learn about how your backyard is its own ecosystem and how the different species interact in it.

This is a great book to bring attention to something that is right under our noses. Students can take a look at their own backyard and write about the different things that they observe. The War in Your Backyard By: Louise Spilsbury & Richard Spilsbury Have a question about ecosystems? You might find the answer in this book. It answers questions ranging in difficulty and topics. Each question is paired with realistic pictures and an explanation.

This book is a great quick reference for a classroom. Teachers can make a classroom book compiled of student Q&A about ecosystems, that can be answered as students learn more. This book is also great to to use in conjunction with a KWL chart. Science Q&A: Ecosystems By: Gillian Richardson Bustle in the Bushes By: Giles Andreae
Illustrated By: David Wojtowycz Bustle in the Bushes introduces the readers to bugs that we can find around us. It is written with fun rhyming verses so students will love reading about all these insects. The illustrations make these creatures appealing to all readers.

Teachers can incorporate this book in a variety of ways. Students can act out the different roles of the insects, go on a scavenger hunt at school to find some of the bugs in this book, or write their own silly poem about an insect they research. Life in a Swamp By: Karen D. Povey Students will learn that swamps are not just smelly wet places where alligators live. They will see that they provide protection, a place for animals to grow and has its own unique ecosystem with plants and animals who survive in these conditions.

Teachers can have students compare what they previously thought about swamps and what they learned after reading this book. Students can also describe what life is like in a swamp for specific animals and plants. Explore the Tundra By: Linda Tagliaferro
Travel to the tundra to learn about the plants and animals that live there. Learn about this climate and how the animals and plants live there. To my surprise people were included in this ecosystem and this book explains the influence that people have on the environment.

Teachers can have students take a trip to the tundra and ask them to explain how they will prepare for the trip, what they will pack and why, and also how will they make sure they do not disturb this ecosystem. One Small Square: African Savanna By: Donald M. Silver
Illustrated By: Patricia Wynne & Dianne Ettl

This book shows a large scale picture of the grassland and then zooms in and focuses on a lion cub playing in the grass. As students read they will not only explore the grassland, but they will explore the relationships between the living things in it.

This book has activities that students can to in small groups or individually. Students can also create their own one small square that focuses on a certain ecosystem and its inhabitants. The Tree of Life: The World of the African Baobab By: Barbara Bash
Who would think that a single tree could be its own little ecosystem. This is the story of the Baobab tree and how many creatures and species rely on this tree for survival. From the elephant that uses the trees bark during the dry months, to the birds that call the tree home.

Teachers can have the students make their own Baobab flip book. Each page the student can draw a picture and describe how different species need this tree to survive. Aliens From Earth By: Mary Batten
Illustrated By: Beverly J. Doyle

This is not any old alien invasion, this book is about what happens when species invade other species territories. Batten uses the word alien to describe the migration of these species into new areas, species such as the gypsy moths and fire ants.

Students can research their own alien invasion on earth and create their own short stories it, create pictures and even act out the invasion in class. Students can also practice the steps listed in this book to help stop the invasion. Eye Wonder: Ocean By: Sue Thornton & Mary Ling

Swim through the different areas of the ocean as you learn about sharks, jellyfish, manatees, squids and more. Thornton and Ling take you from the sunlight zone all the way to the depth of the midnight zone with realistic pictures. Diagrams help describe the different parts of fish and the ocean they live in.

Teachers can have students complete a graphic organizer of the different zones of the ocean. As the students read through the text, they can add to the different zones. Teachers can also create an intereactive magnetic board with the different sea creatures and the students can help put them in the correct ocean zone. Brain POP Jr. Science: Habitats

This website is filled with games and videos that can keep students engaged in all the subject areas. Students can choose the food chain game that requires students to sequence the animals based on the food chain. Students can also search the rainforest for animals.

This website can be used in conjunction with a science lesson because it provides students with extra information on topics. Teachers can play the videos featured on the site or incorporate the games as part of centers. Teachers may also find the lesson plan information beneficial. Teachers can also use BrainPOP ESL for their English language learners. www.brainpopjr.com Funschool: Science Games

Under the arcade you will find games from all subjects, including Science. Students can help animals find their way back to their correct habitat, match animal prints, go bird watching, and help jungle animals find food.

Teachers can not only have the games available for students to play, but they will find printables, coloring pages, and crafts that can be used in their classroom. There is also a teacher forum where teachers can link together from all over and share ideas and experiences. www.funschool.com

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