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Students identify the types of animals that may be found on a farm and the resources they provide for people. They read and discuss a variety of books about farm animals, write a description of a farm animal, play an animal/resource matching game, and create a class mural.
Students classify animals by similarities. In this animal biology lesson, students create a chart where they classify animals based on criteria set by the teacher.
Students explore endangered animals. In this endangered animals lesson, students categorize photos of animals. Students choose an animal and write a few sentences about why they put it in that category.
Students explore endangered animals. In this endangered animals lesson, students classify pictures of animals into the categories of safe, threatened, endangered, and extinct. Students share their classifications and hang posters they create on the classroom walls.
Learners complete a unit pertaining to endangered animals. In this animal lesson, students read the book Hoot and research an endangered animal to complete a presentation about. Learners write a persuasive essay answering the question of whether or not there should be zoos.
Students study the resources provided by farm animals and practice their descriptive writing. In this farm animal and writing lesson, students listen to read aloud books about farm animals. They work in groups to write about an animal by looking at its picture. They make a mural of farm animals as resources.
Students classify different types of animals. In this animal lesson plan, students look at different groups of animals and find their similarities and differences. They classify animals in each group: mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects.
Students, in beginning and advanced beginning ESL levels, use English in an animal instructional activity.
Students create a simple animation illustrating a chemical element in the periodic table. For this chemistry lesson plan, students create a new way to describe elements by using them in an artistic form.
Young scientists grab their measuring tapes, rulers, and yard sticks as they see how big Arctic animals really are. To conceptualize the trait of height or length, each small group will measure out the entire length of an arctic animal. They line animal pictures up to show how they compare from smallest to largest. It's a good activity that combines measurement, data collection, comparative analysis, and Arctic animals.
From creating simple flip books to watching Saturday morning cartoons, we have all experienced the magic of animation. But how is it that a series of still images can be brought to life? It all has to do with the speed at which our brain processes what we see. Learn a brief history behind our current understanding of visual perception, and look at examples that demonstrate how our brains trick us into seeing motion. An interesting video to include in an art lesson on animation, or an exploration of cognitive process in the human brain.
Congratulations, your students have just been hired as zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo! Their first job is to help set up new exhibits by researching and giving a presentation about different animals. Provide each young researcher with this project outline that includes all the specific requirements and a step-by-step description of the research process. A fun project to conclude a life science unit on ecosystems.
When winter comes, animals are faced with two choices: migrate to a warmer climate or hibernate until spring arrives. Explore these interesting animal behaviors with the learning activities in this elementary life science lesson. To learn about hibernation, children monitor their own breathing and pulse during periods of rest and activity to understand how animals slow down their bodies to conserve energy through the winter. Students are then transformed into migratory birds, jumping from one wetland to the next to simulate their migration from Maine to Florida. Concluding with a short research project about the behaviors of specific animals, this lesson provides young scientists with an engaging and in-depth look into the animal kingdom.
Although the lesson is specifically about the San Francisco Bay area, it's good enough to be adapted to any local region. Children research what the landscape in San Francisco was like prior to settlement, they consider the types of animals that lived there, and what their life was like. They each receive an animal information card, which they will use as they write a mock journal entry from the perspective of that animal. It's a day in the life of an animal prior to European contact, neat!
Who was Lorenzo Romano Amedeo Carlo Avogadro? He was the guy who suggested that equal volumes of gases at the same temperature and pressure should contain equal numbers of molecules. This eventually led to a new quantity for the number of particles, that is 602 sextillion! In this four-minute film, young chemists learn exactly what this means. After the video, they can answer a few questions as a review, and link to other resources about Avogadro's number and general chemistry.
New! Why Animals Migrate
Are you looking for a moving lesson on animal migration for kids? This one will get you there! It includes class discussion, several high-quality video clips, a printable note-taking table, and a Venn diagram for comparing and contrasting two different migratory species. Animals that are highlighted include Monarch butterflies, wildebeests, the sperm whale, and the red crab.
Before a trip to the zoo, you can have your students complete these motivating activities. Learners listen to the book Do Pigs Have Stripes by Melanie Walsh, and classify a group of animals based on attributes. Then students draw a picture of animals they could see at the zoo, and use a Venn diagram to compare animals, such as giraffes, elephants, zebras, etc. Finally, students head to the computer lab to write a sentence about a zoo animal.
A three-minute clip covers a new strategy for protecting the coral reefs of Fiji while still allowing fishermen to harvest the fish that people survive on. Connectivity is the name of the game. This colorfully animated resource is a worthy example of sustainable practices that you can use as a discussion-starter on sustainability or protecting endangered species and special habitats.
Here is an art lesson that combines visual arts and language arts into one very nice package. In it, youngsters study a fascinating painting called Painting of Bear and Sun Dances. They begin to understand the importance of traditional dances in Indian culture, and how animals were such an important part of their cultural lives. After a careful study of the painting, which is embedded in the plan, learners write a short piece about an animal of their own choosing. An excellent, cross-curricular lesson.
Bingo isn't just a silly game, it's a great way to practice all types of skills. After reviewing that the earth is composed of natural resources, what those natural resources are, and sustainability, the class plays a game of bingo. The game focuses on categorizing and identifying various objects to determine what type of natural resource they are. The wrap-up discussion prompts could easily be used as writing prompts instead.