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How Animals Make Their Homes: Woodrats


Students watch this educational video which shows how woodrats change their environment. Afterwords engage students further learning and check comprehension with supplemental questions.



Printable Materials

How Animals Make Their Homes (PDF) Lesson Plan


1. What kind of houses do animals live in?

2. Why do some animals build homes?

3. Why do some animals need shelter?

4. What kind of shelter do you live in?

5. What is your shelter made of?

6. If you were a wild animal, what kind of house would you build?


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.

Disciplinary Core Ideas ESS2.E: Biogeology

Plants and animals can change their environment.

Crosscutting Concepts: Systems and System Models

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

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.