ALEX Lesson Plan

Where Do You Live?

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Author:Marcus Jackson
System: Chickasaw City
School: Chickasaw City Elementary School
The event this resource created for:ASTA
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 34781


Where Do You Live?


The students will create a layered lookbook, which displays recorded information that explains that living things do exist in different places. The students will create a multimedia project, which will retell information learned about living things in different places. 

This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
7 ) Obtain information from literature and other media to illustrate that there are many different kinds of living things and that they exist in different places on land and in water (e.g., woodland, tundra, desert, rainforest, ocean, river).

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will

  • create a layered lookbook, which displays recorded information that explains that living things do exist in different places on land and in water.
  • create a multimedia project, which will retell information learned about living things existing in different places.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

  • construction paper
  • pencils
  • colored pencils
  • chart paper

Technology Resources Needed:

  • Smartboard
  • laptops/computers


The teacher should be familiar with various information on biomes. 


Before Strategy/Engage:

  1. Before the lesson, the teacher should fold a large sheet of chart paper in half. On one side of the chart paper write the word land, and on the other side of the chart paper write the word water.
  2. If the students are unfamiliar with the words land and water, take the time to explain the difference in meaning. The teacher should provide examples of living things living on the land and living things living in the water (For example, squirrel-land, fish-water). Explain to the students why these living things live on the land and why some living things live in the water for survival. The teacher should show the students pictures of living things and their existence in different places on land and in water. 
  3. After the teacher has share background information with the students, the teacher will ask the students to answer the following while charting the answers on the chart paper.
    • Name some living things that live in the water.
    • Name some living things that live on the land. 
    • How could an animal living in water survive on land? How could an animal living on land survive in water?
    • Write the word habitat on the whiteboard. Explain the definition of the word habitat to the students. (Note: Teacher could use a chart, picture, or digital picture showing a picture of a habit)

 During Strategy/Explore-Explain:

  1. The teacher will divide the students into groups of twos. The teacher will explain to the students how they will work in small groups (partner) to complete a layered lookbook.
  2. Introduce the habitats for the lookbook using the following link:
  3. Model for the students how to fold five sheets of drawing paper into a layered lookbook. Each student will need to create a layered lookbook.
    1. See video for assistance:
  4. Once the students have created their lookbook, the teacher should model (with the students) how to label the bottom of each tab. The first tab should be labeled woodland, the second tab- tundra, third-desert, fourth-rainforest, fifth-ocean, and finally the sixth tab-river.
  5. The teacher should provide books and magazines for the students to use to begin their research. Use the following link to assist you with the task of gathering books for the students. ( The teacher should consult with the school's media specialist to gather a variety of literature on living things.
  6. Tell the students that they are going to work with a partner to complete the research information for their lookbooks.
  7. Tell the students that as they begin their research they should look for pictures of living things and interesting facts about each animal.
    1. The teacher can write the research information on the smartboard, or dry-erase board for the students to visit.  
    2. Encourage the students to share the information they find with their group as they read various trade books on living places/things.
    3. The students should take the information gathered and record the information on note cards, index cards, or sticky notes.
    4. The teacher should meet with the students to ensure the recorded information is accurate before the students record the information into their lookbooks.
  8. The teacher will divide the task of obtaining information from various literature about living things over a three day period:
    1. Day 1: woodland and tundra
    2. Day 2: desert and rainforest
    3. Day 3: ocean and river
  9. As the students gather their research, instruct the students to illustrate the diversity of living things in different habitats, including both land and water. The students should also record a fact about each (1) living thing and (1) special feature onto their layered book.

After Strategy/Explain-Elaborate:

  1. Give the students three days to complete their layered lookbooks. After the students complete their book allowing them to share their books with the class.

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Assessment Strategies


The teacher will take a grade on the student's layered lookbooks, which illustrates the diversity of living things in different habitats, including both land and water. See link for rubrics:


Extend (Optional) Vocaroo Project:

  1. Distribute computers to the students.
  2. Introduce the students to Vocaroo. 
    1. Vocaroo is an online voice-recording system.
    2. Vocaroo is easy to use. However, the teacher should become familiar with the interactive.
    3. The teacher will need to create a class email address for the students to use, as they will need to email their projects and this task will require a sender's email address. Some school's supply students with an email address. You may want to check with your school's register for usage and permission if necessary.

  3. The students will use the Vocaroo program to record the information that they have written on their flip lookbook into Vocaroo.
  4. The students should record their names and the information that they have learned from their research.
  5. The students can choose to record the information from one place or two.
  6. After the students record their information encourage the students to email their projects to the teacher.
  7. After the students email their projects to the teacher share the projects with the class from the smartboard.
  8. The teacher may access the following link to use a teacher-created rubric to grade the students Vocaroo projects:
  9. The teacher will use the following link to elaborate the lesson:

  • The link allows the teacher to provide various learning opportunities while extending the lesson using media and technology.

Note: The teacher may sign up for a free thirty-day trial for IXL or subscribe to use the online software at


The teacher will provide assistance with helping those students needing remediation by doing the following:

  • circulating throughout the classroom as the students research the information on biomes.
  • providing the students with feedback as they complete their graphic organizers.  

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.