This unit was developed for students to enjoy the excitement of spring rabbits while avoiding any references to the Easter Bunny.   Students read a variety of books about real and fictional rabbits, then complete various worksheets.  The final project is created from the papers the students write about what they have learned about rabbits.  I have four different topics:  Rabbit or Hare, Rabbits as Pets, Wild Rabbits, and Famous Rabbits.  Each of my four groups of students will work on one of the topics.  I then will create four different rabbit newspapers using the writing papers of my students.


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Rabbits

 This large chart was used for more than one lesson.  After a discussion of mammal characteristics which were written around the edge of the picture, the students discussed each characteristic with their learning buddies and their answers were included on the chart.  

Another lesson compared the rabbit with a cat-how same (in green) with how different (in red).

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Rabbit Unit Plans 1

Observing & Identifying Characteristics of Rabbits

 4 Days

Rabbit.characteristics.plans.doc

rabbit.varieties.doc

rabbit.breeds.illustration.doc

Students draw an illustration of one of the different breeds of rabbits and label it.  

rabbits.description.one.stop.doc

Students write a description of the breed of rabbit that they drew for their illustration.

rabbits.mammals.one.stop.doc

Rabbit.characteristics.ass.doc

Rabbit Unit Plans 2

Rabbit Habitats

4 Days

Rabbit.habitat.plan.doc

rabbits.habitat.one.stop.doc

Rabbit.habitat.ass.doc

Rabbit Unit Plans 3

Rabbit & Babies

5 Days

Rabbits.babies.plans.doc

rabbit.varieties.doc

This file of rabbit varieties includes the adult and the offspring.

 Rabbit Unit Plans 4

Food Chains

5 Days

rabbits.food.chains.plans.doc


A variety of food chains are explored.

Rabbit Research

This is a guide for students who are doing independent research.

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The other worksheets required for this assignment are listed below.

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 I have these word banks printed on card stock.  They are at each table so that the students can spell the words they need correctly.

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 rabbits_I_Know.doc

The unit is started with the students writing their prior knowledge down on this recording sheet.

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rabbits.want.to.know.one.stop.doc

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Students decide what new information they would like to learn.  Students record 3 or 4 questions they have about rabbits.  After reading Ten Little Bunnies, they draw an illustration of the bunnies.  They record their questions on dialogue balloons.  The balloons are glued on the illustrations.

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This double bubble thinking map replaces Venn diagrams as an easier way to compare two items.  Students draw the pictures and write how they are same and how they are different.

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Students label the parts of the rabbit and then color it.  This page is used as a word bank when students write their reports.

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Students select one of the rabbit words to illustrate, define, and use in a sentence.  Use this after students have learned about rabbits.

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hares rabbits.doc

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Students complete this worksheet after they learn about the differences between rabbits and hares.  I print the two documents above on cardstock for students to use for their research.

 

 

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rabbit.wordless.ppt

This is a PowerPoint wordless show about a hare.  Students can discuss what words should go with each picture.

rabbits.learning.one.stop.doc

Students record their learning at the conclusion of the rabbit unit on this worksheet.  Use the rabbit.wordless.ppt pictures to provided ideas for the students to write about.