Thematic Thursday-Let's Learn about Animal Habitats

Thematic Thursday is a weekly teacher linky party focused on the sharing of ideas for a different theme each week. This week's theme is "Animal Habitats", and bloggers are asked to share their favorite resources, book ideas, activities, and suggestions to help students learn about animals, their habitats, their adaptations, and food chains/food webs.  Please grab the image above as well as the template below, write up your post sharing your ideas, resources, and anything that fits the theme, and link up your blog name and intended grade level for the resources and ideas you share.  (Example-Comprehension Connection-4th and 5th)  Please remember that this link up is for blog posts only.  No store links will be allowed even with freebies as the hope is for readers to return to these themes later in the year or when they wish to focus on the theme.  Many themes can be used any time of year. The image below can be used to plan out your posts and once completed works beautifully for pinning. [This board] has been formed to collect our planning sheets as well as other themed resources.  I look forward to reading your posts.  Now, on to mine...

Thematic Thursday has a scientific twist this week, and your students will love it.  After all, all kids love animals and have a natural curiosity about them.  Included in my theme sheet this week are a variety of activities including habitat mobiles from Fabulous 2 and 3, Polar Region Snowglobes from Science Penguin, Animal Design Project from Horizons, and a Desert Habitat freebie from Simply Second.  They all look like loads of fun.   
Book Ideas
For book suggestions, I have listed a few that I've enjoyed using.  Here are a few other collections that I found as I searched for this post.  They are pins, so you can repin them to your own boards too.  
Forest books for kids from Teach Beside Me 20 books about Arctic animals for kids from @Kids Yoga Stories ~ Giselle Shardlow Excellent reads about the biomes and ecosystems around the globe -- plus some great hands-on activities!

Craft Ideas
There are so many fun craft ideas that can be incorporated into each region's tribal studies, and the internet provides the opportunity to see authentic examples.  Here are a few projects I liked, but I have pinned quite a few others on my board.  {Here} is the link again
These animal shaped habitat slip books would be a fun way to keep students engaged during a presentation on animal habitats. Incorporating a creative element such as this would be a awesome break in instruction and allow time for students to be involved in the lesson.  camouflage  (can give each student a piece of scrapbook paper with a different pattern on each for them to incorporate)  Food chain pyramid foldable! classroom-ideas Desert Animal and Plants habitat and adaptations   Cactus Hotel Craft in site Owl Silhouettes - good lesson plan
Notebook and Teaching Printables
Here are a few more foldables and graphic organizers that would be helpful with the animal theme.  
Animal Adaptations Poster Design for Upper Elementary Interactive Flip Book of Rainforest Animals   Food Chain FREEBIE~Jump Frog Jump!
Do you have favorite animal resources you use and are willing to share?  Feel free to share your ideas in the comments, link up, or email me (and I'll add them to my post).  

Have a great weekend (and feel free to link up through next Wednesday readers).  





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