Animals Are Everywhere!
- Describe similarities and differences in the appearance of animals (e.g., size, shape, body coverings)
- Distinguish similarities and differences in how animals grow and behave
- Identify major structures of animals (e.g. arms, wings, legs, beaks, claws)
- Compare various habitats of animals
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 1: A Planet Full of Animals
Lesson 2: Magnificent Mammals
Lesson 3: Something's Fishy!
Lesson 4: Beautiful Birds
If possible, teach this unit using live animals as examples, either in the classroom or on a field trip. After building plenty of background knowledge about animals, we visit The Natural History Museum and the zoo. Students bring clipboards with a recording sheet for the different kinds of animals they see. They record one animal for each category (see printable). We make "binoculars" out of empty toilet paper rolls that we use to "spot" the animals on our Animal Safari.