Nine Weeks Project

  • Animal Classification and Life Cycles

    2nd Semester project Ms. Etts and Mrs. Dunn’s Class  DUE: March 6th

    So much of what we learn in elementary science is tied to life science. Because our fifth grade students are required to know a great deal about animals and life cycles, we are basing this quarter’s nine week project on this exciting topic. Students will draw from a hat to get an animal classification or a specific animal and its life cycle. After they have their topic, they will have certain criteria that they must meet. We will all learn from each other during presentation time. Once you have your topic, you will need to follow these guidelines in order to complete your nine week project. Have fun and be CREATIVE

    PART 1

    THIS IS WHAT MUST BE ON EACH PAGE OF THE BOOK Write a book based research paper about your animal classification/life cycle animal.   Your book must be based on research and you must have a bibliography in MLA format. The website bibme is very helpful in putting this together. Your bibliography must include at least three sources and at least one cannot be an internet web page. You may not copy and paste from websites/books. Please type and glue all words into the book. Make sure there is a title on each page!

    Book Cover A picture (printed or hand drawn), animal title, and your name

    Page 1 Scientific Classification Name, Family What does its name mean? List your animal's scientific name; this should consist of a capitalized genus name and a lower-case species name. For example, the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus. How is this animal classified and what animals is it closely related to

    Page 2 Labeled World Map with colored regions of where in the world does it lives? Label the continent(s), country/countries, and/or smaller areas that it lives in.

    Page 3 Anatomy drawing with labels What does your animal look like? How big is it? What shape is its body? Does it have horns, antlers, fur, crests or claws? Describe the teeth, head, neck, tail, etc. How many legs does it have? Are its legs long or short? How many eyes and how many body parts does it have? Does it molt as it grows?

    Page 4 Life cycle include pictures/drawing w/ labels Give information on the animal's life cycle. Describe each stage

    Page 5 Habitat include pictures/drawings and facts Does it burrow underground? Does it hibernate, estivate, or migrate in cold weather?

    Page 6 Growth-weight/gestation Endangerment/population/ What does an average one weigh? How long is the gestation period? Are they endangered? Describe whether it bears live young or lays eggs.

    Page 7 Diet/Prey include pictures/drawing and facts. What does your animal eat and how does it get its food? Is it an herbivore (plant eater), carnivore (meat eater), omnivore (eating meat and plants)? Is there something unusual in the way your animal eats?

    Page 8 Predators include pictures/drawings and facts

    Page 9 Adaptations What are the obvious adaptations of your animal to its environment? Why is this important to its survival?

    Page 10 Food Chain… illustration complete with labels of where is your animal in the food web (is it a top predator)

    Page 11 Locomotion Can your animal move? If so, how does your animal move (does it walk, fly, jump, burrow, etc.)? Is it slow-moving or fast-moving? Why is this important to its survival?

    Page 12 Your choice Page----Something you want us to know or interesting picture(s)

    Page 13 interesting/unusual facts (10)

    Page 14 interesting/unusual facts (10)

    Page 15 Personal Summary….What you enjoyed most about this project/what you learned

    Page 16 Bibliography (glue in)

    • PART 2 Create a three dimensional model of your animal class, or an animal from your classification, or your animal’s life cycle. Your model will need to be labeled. It should be creative and unique and it should show evidence of time spent on the project. This should be a quality visual.
    • PART 3
    • Create a power point as a teaching tool to teach your classmates about your animal classification or animal life cycle. Your power point must have at least 10 slides and should give extensive information about your topic. At the end of the power point, you will need to have a 5 question quiz on information that you have presented during your presentation already printed and ready to go and only on a half or quarter size sheet of paper. Your presentation should be about 3 minutes long. When you have finished, your classmates should have a better understanding of your topic.  


    Student Name: _________________________________


    Scoring Rubric

    Power Point Presentation

    Total 30 points

    Presented Topic with high degree of knowledge


    Well prepared power point and comfortable with material shared.


    Could answer student questions with ease




                     Research Paper/Book

    Total 25 points

    Scientific research obvious


    Followed the format given. Correct pages


    Typed or written neatly





    Total 10 Points

    Typed/Hand written


    Includes book & internet sources (at least 3)


    Written in MLA format




    3- D Model

    Total 35 Points

    Model of animal is creative and unique


    Model is well labeled


    Visual and explanation of how you completed model is evident












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