Creature Features

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Students will be able to research and classify animals of the temperate forest; make a circle graph; collect, display (using a bar graph or line plot), interpret, and analyze a set of data collected.

Overview of the Lesson

Students use an integrated approach to learning as they combine language arts, research, art, science and math skills to a unit of study on the temperate forest. Students think about animals they might see, classify the animals, and choose one to research. They make bar and circle graphs depicting the animals students think they would see. Students then collect real-world data from a field trip to the California Woods Nature Preserve. On their field trip they count and classify all of the animals they actually see. Students use the data to make graphic displays such as the bar graph, circle graph, and line plot.