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Miss Averis First Grade Class

What Does an Animal Need to Survive?


1st Grade



Length of Lesson

Two 45 minute lessons

Lesson Overview/Rationale

In this lesson, Students will learn about the different things that are included in the
cycle of an animals life. They will learn how food, water, air and environment are a
form of an animals needs of survival. Videos and pictures will be presented to give
visual representation of the learning material. Children will brainstorm together in
groups to create their own animals and what it will need to survive.

Curriculum Framework/

S.IA.E.1: Inquiry Analysis and Communication

S.IA.01.12: Share ideas about science through purposeful conversation.
S.IA.01.13: Communicate and present findings of observations.
S.IA.01.14: Develop strategies for information gathering (ask an expert, use
a book, make observations, conduct simple investigations, and watch a video).
L.OL.E.1: Life Requirements
L.OL.01.13: Identify the needs of animals.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

Define key terms involved in understanding the topic (Needs, Environment,
and Survival.)
List what an animal will need to survive.
Identify specific needs of a certain animal.
Explore the different environments of animals and how their needs are met
in that location.

Technology Uses


1. A computer will be needed to locate worksheets and videos. (See Procedure)

2. A projector will also be needed in order to present material to students.
Materials needed to complete Lesson:
Day One

Intro: An Animals Needs

Animals Needs Video
The Needs of An Animal Song
Habitat Worksheet
Animals Needs Mix & Match

Day Two

Large White Construction

Markers/ Crayons
Group Worksheet

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Day One:
1. Present to the students a PowerPoint introducing the topic of an Animals
Needs, which will provide key words the children will need to know before
entering the lesson and give examples of what both a household pet and
wild animal will need to survive based upon their environment.
2. Have the students watch the video Needs of Animals: to offer them a visual to
connect with what they have just learned.
3. After offering several examples, offer time for a class discussion and ask the
students if they can provide their own examples of an animal and what they
think its needs may be.
4. Have the class listen to the video The Needs of an Animal Song:
A&list=PLbsWyo2XU6AyCXZhybtatG70tumQRcki_&index=3 to offer them
repetition of the subjects material and to better engage their creative
5. Work together as a class to complete the worksheet connecting the animal to
the correct habitat.
6. Have the students take home the worksheet to work
on for homework where they will connect the given animals to their
appropriate needs.
Day Two:
1. Go over the previous days homework and have the students hand turn it in.
2. Break the students into small groups where they will work on a project that
allows them to creatively come up with their own animal and its needs.
3. The students will brainstorm together as a group what they would want
their animal to be like and then design it on construction paper.
4. The groups will then decide what they want their animals needs to be and
list them in the table provided on the worksheet.
5. If there is time left, allow the groups to volunteer to show their final product
to the class.
6. Have the students hang their projects in the hallway.


Students will be assessed by their completion of their worksheets and project.

Students shared ideas through purposeful conversation among their groups and
applied that information into their projects. The groups drawings of their animals
are colorful and creative, followed by the guidelines given. Their work shows they
can properly identify an animals needs and understand how food, water, air and
environment apply to an animals survival.

Miss Averis First Grade Class

Creating an Animal and Its Needs: Rubric




Total Assignment
Score= 18

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Creating an
Animal Drawing

Animals Needs


0 points
Drawing and chart
are not present.

1 point
Drawing and chart
are present but not

2 points
Drawing and chart
are present and
completed entirely.

0 points
Drawing and title
(Animals name)
are not present.

2 points
Drawing is present
and colored but
does not contain a
title (Animals
Drawing and title
are present but is
not colored and
lacks creativity.

4 points
Drawing and title
(Animals name) are
both present and
contain color and

0 points
Chart is not

2 points
Chart is present but
does not offer

4 points
Chart is present and
requires all needed
information about
the animal and its

0 points
Assignment was
not completed
together as a

1 point
Assignment was
completed together
as a group but with

2 points
Assignment was
completed together
as a group with
minimal distractions.