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Must Love Animals!

Students will research an animal they are interested in and present their findings in a AppleWorks slideshow.


  • Review science skill of animal classification.
  • Learn effective search techniques using the Internet.
  • Summarize information for purpose of retelling.
  • Present information visually in an AppleWorks slideshow.


  • Discuss how scientists classify living things (habitat, diet, physical description).
  • Students select an animal that they have an interest in.
  • Students locate information on the Internet and organize this information using Inspiration software.
  • Teacher models steps to create an AppleWorks slide show, including adding text, graphics, and movies.
  • Teacher facilitates process, offering assistance when needed.

Sunshine State Standards

  • LA.A.1.3.4
  • LA.A.2.3.1
  • SC.G.1.3.3
  • VA.A.1.3.3
  • VA.B.1.3.2

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
  • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.


  • Computers with Internet access
  • Inspiration software
  • Additional reference materials (optional)
  • AppleWorks presentation software


  • After students present the slide show about their animal, have them indicate the range of their animal on a world map; students create a database of all the animals presented in slide shows, comparing specific data.

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