Adventures in First Grade

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Season of Winter: Animals

Let's talk about Science!

The unit that we are working on now is about animals and their adaptations to survive during the winter.  My kiddos love anything to do with animals.  They oooh and aaahh whenever we read picture books about animals - especially animal babies.

Knowing this, to introduce the unit, we did a science walk which was inspired by Reagan over at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits.  I printed off some pictures of animals migrating, hibernating, and staying active to survive the winter.  The students walked around and wrote questions or comments on the papers with the pictures.

I then created mini-unit that is for sale on TPT.  It is a cross curriculum unit so it includes language arts, writing, and math. 

First, I made an "Itty-Bitty" book to introduce the concepts of hibernation, migration, and staying active.  I also made a response sheet to go along with the Itty-Bitty book:

I created word wall cards:

There is a Memory game where the students have to match a picture with the correct vocabulary word:

I have included a four-square graphic organizer and two options of final copy paper (one option shown):

The math aspect consists of story problems with animals migrating, hibernating, or staying active:

Finally, I have included a list of books that I use for read alouds while studying the winter habits of animals:

If this is something that you are interested in, CLICK HERE.

Come back tomorrow for a freebie that goes along with this unit.  I meant to post it tonight, but I forgot my flash drive at school!

Happy Wednesday!!


  1. This is fantastic!!! Thanks so much for your hard work and effort :) My students will really like using these :) Have a wonderful rest of your day!

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  2. I'm going to save these ideas for next year when 2nd grade does habitats! Thanks for sharing!

    Following Optimism

  3. I really like how you intro 'd the unit. Thanks!

    Grade ONEderful

  4. This is awesome! We will be studying penguins next week and this will be perfect! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Second Grade Sugar and Spice