Year 4 Science Animal Report

Introduction

Learning Intention:

To research information about an animal from either an African or European country.

 

Success Criteria:

  • Utilise suitable sources to locate information
  • Use subject-specific language
  • Identify the habitat the animal lives in
  • Outline the animal's physical features
  • Explore what diet the animal has
  • Draw where the animal fits into a food chain and identify the role of the animal (producer, consumer, decomposer)
Task

You need to use a variety of sources to research an African or European animal. You need to use your planning sheet to help guide your research. Don't forget to create a bibliography of the references you have used. Pick an animal from the list below:

 

Elephant

Giraffe

Zebra

Meerkat

Hippopotamus

Snake

Vulture

Rhino

Lizard

Waterbuck

Lynx

Arctic fox

Amphibians such as newts, lizards

Birds such as owls

Badger

Hedgehog

Fox

Rabbit

Process

Use the following websites to find out information about your animal.

 

Elephant:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/elephant-mammal

https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/african-elephant

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/african-elephant

https://www.iucn.org/news/species/202103/african-elephant-species-now-endangered-and-critically-endangered-iucn-red-list

 

Giraffe:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/giraffe

https://animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/giraffe/

https://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/giraffe

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/giraffe

 

Zebra:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/zebra

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/zebra

https://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/zebra

https://www.konnecthq.com/zebra-facts/

 

Meerkat:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/meerkat

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/meerkat

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/meerkat

https://animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/meerkat/

 

Hippopotamus:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/hippopotamus-mammal-species

https://animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/hippopotamus/

https://study.com/academy/lesson/hippopotamus-habitat-lifespan-adaptation.html

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/hippopotamus

https://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/hippopotamus

 

Black Mamba (Snake):

https://www.britannica.com/animal/black-mamba

https://www.sanbi.org/animal-of-the-week/black-mamba/#:~:text=Black%20mambas%20reside%20in%20South,burrows%20or%20empty%20termite%20mounds. 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/facts/black-mamba

https://www.livescience.com/43559-black-mamba.html

 

Vulture:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/vulture

https://animalcorner.org/animals/vulture/#:~:text=The%20preferred%20habitats%20of%20the,3%2C000%20metres%20above%20sea%20level.

https://www.discoverwildlife.com/animal-facts/birds/facts-about-vultures/

https://seaworld.org/animals/facts/birds/vultures/

 

Rhino:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/black-rhinoceros

https://www.britannica.com/animal/white-rhinoceros

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/blog/rhinoceros-fact-sheet/#:~:text=Habitat%3A,shrublands%20are%20among%20their%20habitats.

https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/where-do-rhinos-live-and-eight-other-rhino-facts

https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/rhino

https://www.livescience.com/27439-rhinos.html

https://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/rhinoceros

https://animals.net/rhinoceros/

https://www.rhinosinfo.com/habitat.html

https://rhinos.org/about-rhinos/rhino-species/black-rhino/

 

Armadillo Girdled Lizard:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/armadillo-lizard

https://animalia.bio/armadillo-girdled-lizard

https://www.theanimalfacts.com/reptiles/armadillo-girdled-lizard/

https://allthatsinteresting.com/armadillo-lizard-ouroborus-cataphractus

 

Waterbuck:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/waterbuck

https://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/waterbuck

http://www.altinawildlife.com/waterbuck/

https://fossilrim.org/animals/common-waterbuck/#:~:text=Waterbuck%20inhabit%20areas%20that%20are,which%20to%20hide%20from%20predators.

 

Lynx:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/lynx-mammal

https://animals.net/lynx/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/lynx

https://www.euronatur.org/en/what-we-do/endangered-species/lynx/fact-sheet-lynx/

 

Arctic fox:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/Arctic-fox

https://animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/arctic-fox/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/arctic-fox

https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/arctic-fox

 

Newt:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/newt

https://www.livescience.com/58396-newt-facts.html

https://animals.net/newt/

https://www.animalspot.net/newt

 

Long-eared Owl:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/long-eared-owl

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Long-eared_Owl/id

http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Asio_otus/

http://naturemappingfoundation.org/natmap/facts/long-eared_owl_k6.html

 

Badger:

https://www.britannica.com/search?query=badger

https://www.livescience.com/52420-badgers.html#:~:text=Habitat,Plains%20region%20of%20North%20America.

https://www.arkwildlife.co.uk/blog/badger-identification-habitat-and-food/

https://animals.net/badger/

 

Hedgehog:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/hedgehog-mammal

https://www.worldlandtrust.org/species/mammals/european-hedgehog/#:~:text=The%20Western%20European%20hedgehog%20is,farmland%2C%20to%20parks%20and%20gardens.

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/hedgehog-erinaceus-europaeus.html

https://animalia.bio/european-hedgehog

https://www.wildlifeonline.me.uk/animals/article/european-hedgehog-habitat

 

Fox:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/fox-mammal

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/red-fox

https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Vulpes_vulpes/

http://www.invasivespeciesinitiative.com/european-red-foxes

 

Rabbit:

https://www.britannica.com/animal/rabbit

https://animalia.bio/european-rabbit

https://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/rabbits_hares_pikas/european_rabbit.html

https://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/European_Rabbit

Evaluation

Have you found all the key information about your animal?

  • Any food chains your animal belongs to
  • If your animal is a producer, consumer or decomposer
  • The geographical location of your habitat
  • Interesting facts about your animal
  • If the animal is in danger (if so, what could people do to help save it?)
  • Information about the animal
  • Subject-specific language
  • The physical features of the animal
  • The diet of the animal

 

Extension:

  • Include a bibliography
  • Captioning pictures

  • Identify stages of animals life cycle

  • Explain possible environmental factors that impact your animal

  • Any other information you would like to include in your report.

 

Also, check that your research notes are in note form.

Conclusion

Once you have all of your notes, you will need to start writing your draft report. Remember to include subheadings to separate your information.

 

Think about how you would like to layout your report.

 

Remember this will be displayed in class!