Monday, January 17, 2011

Social Studies Vocabulary- Habitat

hab·i·tat (noun)

1: The place where something is commonly found
a : the place or environment where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives and grows  
b : the typical place of residence of a person or a group

For a hands on project I asked Riley to form a "habitat" of some sort. We discussed the vocabulary word and what it meant.  My initial "lesson plan" was that we would choose an animal. It sounded ideal at least. He had a plan of his own however, he came up with making an environment or habitat for his halo action figures. "Jorge and Emile like to be outside." So he developed a theory as to what their ideal habitat is. How does the weather effect their behavior? Do they have predators? etc. Although somewhat silly it helped him acknowledge the vocabulary word in a way that was fun and interesting to him. It was a hands on arts and craft project that introduced a new vocabulary word.  

What do they eat?
Where do they sleep?
How does the weather effect their Behavior? 
Do they Have predators? (If so what)

Other habitats might include- Barbie or Spongebob. Involving your childs favorite character or television personality is a way to teach them in a fun way.

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