Use an animated instructional slide deck to guide your students through a sloth research project!
Looking for Animal Research Project Ideas?
Are you looking for a fun animal-based activity that will help reinforce research skills? Sloth research is the perfect way to get your students excited about learning. This animated slide deck is beautifully designed and engaging, so it will keep kids engaged while they learn all about sloths, their diets, habitats, and life cycles. While slowly creating your sloth resources, we’ve discovered a few fun facts about sloths that we couldn’t help sharing!
- Sloths are slow-moving animals and can move at a speed of only about 6 feet per minute.
- They sleep for about 15 to 20 hours a day, and spend most of their lives hanging upside down in trees.
- Sloths have razor-sharp claws that they use to grip onto tree branches and bark, and also to defend themselves.
- Sloths have a three-part stomach that is specially adapted to digest their tough, fibrous diet of leaves and twigs.
- They have a symbiotic relationship with algae, which grows in their fur and provides them with camouflage.
- Sloths are good swimmers and are able to hold their breath underwater for up to 40 minutes.
- Sloths are known for their slow movements and relaxed demeanor, but they are also capable of quick and powerful movements when necessary.
- There are six different species of sloths, including the two-toed and three-toed sloth, and they are found in Central and South America.
Record Interesting Facts about Sloths with Our Workbook
This instructional slide deck also pairs perfectly with our Sloth Research workbook! It’s an excellent tool for teachers to use as an introduction to research projects or as a reinforcement tool following the busy testing season.
Through this activity, students will show the ability to read and comprehend informational text.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:
🆘 Support Struggling Students
Help students who need help understanding the concepts by completing the slide deck as a group activity rather than an independent study project.
Pair struggling readers with buddy readers to assist in the reading portion of the activity.
➕ Challenge Fast Finishers
Challenge your fast finishers to complete our Sloth workbook independently, then turn their learning into a classroom anchor chart, Sloth poster, or informational writing.
Looking for More Sloth-Themed Resources?
We have added a huge collection of sloth-themed resources to the website, including:
- Sloth Mindfulness Coloring Pages
- Sloth Paper Craft Template
- Sloth-themed Bookmarks
- Sloth-themed Book Review Template
- If I were a Sloth… craft and writing activity!
This resource was created by Lisamarie Del Valle, a teacher in Florida and a Teach Starter Collaborator.