Animal Report Graphic Organizers Printouts Graphic Organizers can help students think about and list the major topics that will be researched and covered in an animal report.
Very first, get to know about your animal. Read as much information about the animal as you can find. Attempt both the Internet and the library; attempt a good search engine, an encyclopedia, and individual books on animals.
As you’re reading about your animal, take notes on key information, such as where your animal lives (its range), what type of biome it lives in (its habitat), how big your animal gets, what it looks like, what it munches, what munches it, how long it lives (if this is known), etc.
The Structure of the Animal Report :
Commence your report with an introductory paragraph that states the main ideas that you will be writing about. Then write at least four to five paragraphs that clearly describe your animal and how it lives. Each paragraph should cover one topic (for example, you should have one paragraph that covers the animal’s anatomy). End the report with a closing paragraph that summarizes what you wrote and learned.
Check that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are correct. Make sure to use finish sentences and write neatly! Define any technical terms that you use. Proofread your report for errors before you arm it in — do not palm in a rough draft.
Topics to Research and Include in Your Report :
When you write your report, attempt to reaction as many of the following questions as you can (unluckily, not all of these things are known for all animals):
- The Animal’s Name. What does its name mean? Sometimes this will tell you something significant or interesting about the animal. For example, platypus means “flat-footed.” For some animals, there are special names for a baby, a masculine, a female, or a group. Also, list your animal’s scientific name; this should consist of a capitalized genus name and a lower-case species name. For example, the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus.
- Anatomy/Appearance. What does your animal look like? How big is it? What form is its figure? What does an average one weigh? Does it have horns, antlers, wool, crests or claws? Describe the teeth, head, neck, tail, etc. How many gams does it have? Are its gams long or brief? How many eyes and how many figure parts does it have? Does it molt as it grows? Draw a picture if you can.
- Locomotion. Can your animal stir? If so, how does your animal budge (does it walk, fly, leap, burrow, etc.)? Is it slow-moving or fast-moving? Why is this significant to its survival? For example, most fast-moving animals are rapid so that they can catch dinner (like the cheetah) or avoid becoming dinner (like the deer).
- Diet. What does your animal eat and how does it get its food? Is it an herbivore (plant eater), carnivore (meat eater), omnivore (eating meat and plants), or something else? Is there something unusual in the way your animal gobbles? (For example, the flamingo sieves its food from mud while its head is upside down under the water.) Where is your animal in the food web (is it a top predator, like the grizzly bear, is it at the base of the food web, like krill, or is it somewhere in the middle)?
- Habitat and Range. What type of biome does this animal choose (does it live in the desert, swamp, tundra, deep sea, coral reef, tropical rainforest, pond, or other habitat)? Where in the world does it live? List the continent(s), country/countries, and/or smaller areas that it lives in.
- Adaptations. What are the demonstrable adaptations of your animal to its environment? For example, the giraffe’s neck is an adaptation for obtaining leaves that are high off the ground. It also has rough lips to avoid thorns on its main food source.
- Life Cycle/Reproduction. Give information on the animal’s life cycle and reproduction. For example, in the case of insects, list and describe each stage in the process of their metamorphosis. For a species of shark, describe whether it bears live youthfull or lays eggs.
- Behavior. Describe interesting features of your animal’s behavior. For example: Is there evidence of herding or is it a solitary animal? Does it burrow underground? Does it hibernate, estivate, or migrate in cold weather? Is it nocturnal (most active at night)?
- Defense/Offense. How does it defend itself (and/or attack other animals)? Does it use teeth, fangs, claws, armor, horns, antlers, pincers, poison, a stinger, muscles, a strong smell, and/or something else?
- Enemies. What animals eat or otherwise kill your animal? For example, for caterpillars, birds eat caterpillars, but wasps also lay their eggs in the caterpillars (and this eventually kills the wasp’s unwilling host).
- Species Survival Status. Is this animal species in danger of extinction? If so, why? Has it lost habitat, lost a food source, or has it been overhunted?
- Something Special. Is there anything special about this animal? This can often be the best part of the report, taking you off on interesting topics. For example, are there legends about the animal?
- Classification. How is this animal classified and what animals is it closely related to? In the Linnean system of classification, organisms are classified into a Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and species. For example, elk are classified as goes after: Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia (mammals ), Order Artiodactyla. Suborder Ruminantia (ruminants), Family Cervidae (the deer family), Genus Cervus, species C. elaphus (species names are often italicized and written in lower-case; the C. here refers to the genus Cervus).
Citing Your References. When you write your bibliography, list all of your references. Formats for each type of publication goes after (there are different formats for different media):
Author(s) are listed last name very first, very first name or initials (as cited in the publication).
For example. ZoomWhales.com would be cited as goes after:
Another format for Internet sources is as goes after:
Last name, Very first name of author. Title of Page. Name of the publisher (EnchantedLearning.com in our case). Date the page was created (at Enchanted Learning, this is the earliest date on the copyright notice located at the bottom of each page), Date of revision (at Enchanted Learning, we do not keep track of page revisions).
Some teachers also request that you include the date of access; this is the date (or dates) that you went to the web page (or pages).
The Following is a Rubric For Assessing each Part of Your Research Report :