• Animal Classification and Life Cycles                                    

         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 chose a specific animal/insect. 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


    1. 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! There should be at least 3 sentences 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. Give information (facts). 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? Describe in words what its habitat looks like

      Page 6 Growth-weight/gestation/ Endangerment/population/ Give information (facts). 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/what was most difficult

      Page 16 Bibliography (glue in)

    2. Part 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Create a three dimensional model of your animal, 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.
    3. 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, transitions, 1 video clip, and pictures on each slide and should give extensive information about your topic. Your presentation should be about 3 minutes long. When you have finished, your classmates should have a better understanding of your topic
    4. Part 4 (Student self-Assessment)                                                                                                                                                                                          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. During the power point, students will answer your quiz questions (22 students=22quizzes printed

    Student Name: _________________________________

    Scoring Rubric

    Power Point Presentation

    Total 30 points

    Presented Topic with high degree of knowledge and comfortable with material shared.


    Well prepared power point (10 slides minimum), pictures/info on each slide, transitions included.


    5 question quiz (students could answer them from your presentation/powerpoint)


    Video Included


                     Research Book

    Total 25 points

    Scientific research obvious Typed or written neatly


    Followed the format given. Correct pages and picture on every page.


    3 sentences minimum on each page and picture


    Book cover, title, name included on Front of book….Personal Summary Included



    Total 10 Points

    Typed/Hand written


    Included in book


    Includes internet sources (at least 3 total)


    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






    Bonus: Snack





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