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Animals That Dig: Who Needs Bulldozers?


Students will watch this educational video which shows several examples of how gophers and moles change the environment through their digging activities. Afterwords engage students further learning and check comprehension with supplemental questions.




  • Why do you think these animals make holes in the dirt?
  • How do holes in the ground help the plants and animals?
  • What tools do these digging animals have to create tunnels and holes?
  • What animals are making holes around your school?


Science and Engineering Practices Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Engaging in argument from evidence in K-2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to comparing ideas and representations about the natural and designed world(s). Construct an argument with evidence to support a claim.

Disciplinary Core Ideas ESS2.E: Biogeology

Plants and animals can change their environment.

K-ESS2-2: Earth’s Systems

Students who demonstrate understanding can: construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.

Crosscutting Concepts Systems and System Models

Systems in the natural and designed world have parts that work together.

Printable Materials

Animals That Dig (PDF) Lesson Plan