World Animal Day Fun

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Oct 4, 2016 12:07:00 PM

Silly Photos-9.jpgToday is World Animal Day! World Animal Day was first celebrated on October 30, 1930. The purpose of this day is to celebrate animals in all forms. Included is a lesson that your students will love!  

Objective: Using problem solving strategies have students select the “BEST” animal for their family.  Students will also use a shared document to demonstrate their understanding.

Problem:  Students need to select an animal for your home.

Resources: By using the resources found on Big Universe, they can make an informed decision.

Sample Resource


Real World Animals By Stuart Levine (author) ISBN: 9781602795723

Cherry Lake Publishing

From the publisher, “The Hands on Science series provide students with background on key concepts in Science. Each title includes engaging hands on exercises that help bring the concepts to life for kids. Real World Science: Animals, provide information on the basic needs of animals, and the body parts and behaviors that help animals meet their needs.”  I would definitely include this resource. Either assign it to your students our use it for whole classroom instruction.  I love how it includes real world questions and connections. There are additional resources included in the back and well as a glossary.

Lesson Plan: First provide some background knowledge on the Animal Kingdom.  

Create a shared document to allow students to fill in the necessary information to help each other. Have your students use resources to find to help their classmates, too! This is just a sample template, you may want to include more by involving your students in determining necessary information.

Animal Name

Food Requirements



Additional Supplies Needed

How Large can grow

Helpful Facts

Family Friendly


Extension Activity: After students complete thier research on several animals.   Review the class list, have each student select an animal. Then assign writing activity.  Students will write a persuasive paragraph explaining why they should be allowed to bring their selected animal home.

Students will have fun learning about various animlas, while meeting common core state standards as well as increase their technology skills.

This lesson can be geared up or down, but look at all the standards you are meeting with this one activity!

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Craft and Structure:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.6 Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.9 Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9.a Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions].").

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9.b Apply grade 4 Reading standards to informational texts (e.g., "Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text").

We love to hear from our readers, how have you celebrated World Animal Day?

Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Technology, Literacy

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