Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Hibernation, and addresses standards associated to animal adaptations and the internal and external functions that support survival. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

On the board, write:

  • How do animals stay warm in the winter?

Have students share different answers and keep a list on the board of the adaptations they come up with.

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Etc,” “Mother Nature” or “Plus/Minus.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Take on the perspective of a hibernating animal. Make a movie explaining how you prepare for the winter and what happens to your body during hibernation.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying the different types of cold weather adaptations. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum exhibit featuring cold-weather animals. Have the animals state one way they adapt to the winter months.

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

  • Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about hibernating. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 
    • Why do animals hibernate in the winter?
    • How does an animal’s weight impact its cold weather adaptations?
    • What are some ways animals prepare for the cold winter months?
    • How is hibernation different from sleeping?

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Learn about other forms of animal adaptations by exploring BrainPOP’s Migration Topic

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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