Animal Adaptations Podcasts

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Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
5.2L.1
Lesson Plan Details
Duration: 
3-5 days of 45 minute work sessions.
Objective: 
Students will be able to.... 1. Identify and describe a specific animal’s adaptations; physical and behavioral. 2. Identify and describe animal’s biome/natural habitat. 3. Locate an animal’s place in the food chain/web. 4. Identify whether an animal’s population is thriving, threatened, or endangered. 5. Describe how man’s influence in the environment has impacted an animal. 6. Define and describe the following key terms: Adaptation, Interdependence, Environment, Habitat, Food Chain/Web
Resources: 
Teacher laptop Projector Document Camera Animal research packet Animal podcast script How to make a podcast worksheet Student Laptop 1:1
Preparation: 

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to...

Teachers must teach the steps of podcasting using GarageBand and iTunes.
Teacher must research and organize websites relevant to topic to share with students.
Teacher must teach explicit key vocabulary.

Instruction: 

Student podcast example is attached.

Research (Day 1 and 2) Two 45-60 minute sessions

1.  Students will choose an animal from a specific biome (from a previous unit of study) and use different web sites to research animal adaptations.

Links to relevant Web sites:
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org
http://www.mbgnet.net
http://www.brainpop.com/science/ecologyandbehavior/foodchains
http://www.ecokids.ca

2. Students will answer the following:
1. Identify and describe a specific animal’s adaptations; physical and behavioral.
2. Identify and describe animal’s biome/natural habitat.
3. Locate an animal’s place in the food chain/web.
4. Identify whether an animal’s population is thriving, threatened, or endangered.
5. Describe how man’s influence in the environment has impacted an animal.

Students will record the information in an animal research packet.  

Day 3-4 ( 45-60 minute sessions)Podcast Demos and Script writing:
1. Show demo (teacher or student created) podcast(s). Discuss content and format.
2. Students will use information gathered from the animal research packet to write their podcast scripts.

Day 5-6 Podcasting ( 45-60 minute sessions)
1. Students will create a podcast using GarageBand. (See attached podcasting step by step directions).
2. Students will record voice track(s) following the format of their script.
3. Students will add images to each section of the podcast using images from visited websites.
4. Students will add music from garage band loops or itunes library.  
5. Students will edit and revise for content, sound quality, fluidity (see scoring guide/criteria).

Day 7-8-9  Presentations (2-3 minute presentations) 30 minutes class sessions.
1. Students will present their completed podcast to the class.
2. Students will answer questions and receive feedback from students/staff.

See attachments for lesson templates/scripts/packets/scoring guides etc.

(all attachments created by 5th grade teacher, Melanie Bailey)
podcast script
podcast score sheet
podcast animal research
How to make a podcast

Assessment: 

Completed research, scripts, projects, presentations.  Scores based on scoring guide (see podcast scoring sheet).

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2B. Effectively communicate and publish to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
Research and Information Fluency: 
3A. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
3B. Locate, organize and use information ethically from a variety of sources and media.
3C. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making: 
4B. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
4C. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and or make informed decisions.
Digital Citizenship: 
5A. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and digital technology.
Technology Operations and Concepts: 
6A. Select, use, and troubleshoot tools efficiently.
6B. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.