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2nd Grade Habitat Design Project
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Information Literacy Standards

Standard 1: Access information efficiently and effectively to inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge. 

Standard 2: Evaluate information critically and competently to draw conclusions, make informed decisions, acquire new knowledge, and apply knowledge to new situations.


1. Define an information need.
2. Gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
3. Analyze information appropriate to a second grade topic or subject area.
4.  Explore and use print and online resources with support.

Common Core Standards

The standards for K–5 reading in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects are integrated into the K–5 Reading standards.

RI.2.3. Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.

RI.2.5. Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

RI.3.7. Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a tex

RI.2.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Helpful Websites

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Image Credit:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Aug. 30. 2011

  • National Geographic Animals
    Look up your animal on this website. Beautiful photos.
  • Animals for Kids
    Website maintained by a science educator.
  • Animal Webcams
    From a research guide put together for college students at Southern Baptist University.
  • Exploring Nature Animals
    Website contains information on the habitat, habits, diet, body traits, range, and predators of a wide variety.
  • Oakland Zoo Commissary
    Read this blog post about how zookeepers prepare food for the animals at the Oakland Zoo.
  • Orangutans using iPads
    Read this article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal about zookeepers using iPads with orangutans.
  • Design an Animal Habitat
    Choose an animal and then change the habitat to make that animal comfortable. The thermometer will let you know when you get a 100% match.

Other Animal Research guides

These research guides were created at other schools in our district.


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