Perri’s Pet Palace wants to offer its customers an enlarged hamster habitat that meets all of the basic needs of a hamster. In this unit, students learn about animal’s basic needs and how a habitat provides for these needs. Students also learn spatial reasoning through exploration of 2D and 3D shapes (tangrams and solids) before applying them to design a prototype of a hamster habitat cage and exercise trail.
Engineering & Technology Connections:
Create a habitat design plan, follow the engineering design process
Use information to create a topic map, make connections, monitor comprehension through questioning, retell a story through sequencing and prepositions, find “juicy” words, identify important details to summarize text
Identify characteristics of basic shapes, compose and decompose objects
Learn about animals, habitats, and basic needs, compare designed and natural systems, conduct fair tests
Computational Thinking Connections:
Follow and develop algorithms for thinking about sequencing of events and accomplishing tasks.
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