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Arctic Animals: How Do They Measure Up?
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 lesson that combines measurement, data collection, comparative analysis, and Arctic animals.
Animation Basics: The Option Illusion of Motion
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 plan on animation, or an exploration of cognitive process in the human brain.
A Day inthe Life of a San Francisco Native Animal
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!
Lesson: Differing World Views: Human and Animals
Kids challenge their understanding of the world around them and consider the impact man has on the environment and animal life. They examine a Tlingit piece, read two Tlingit stories about man and animals, then participate in a research project. They'll each research one animal, then write a brochure or infomercial on how that animal should be treated and what their future may hold.
Lesson: Animal Journeys
Here is a great way to get the brain going. Children look at an image of the sculpture, Jar and then imagine what an animal would look like as it moved inside the sculpture. They then use clay and cookie cutters to create a three-dimensional jar, in which they will put an animal cut out. They write creative pieces, describing what the animal is doing, seeing, and feeling inside their jar.
Grade 3 Literacy in Science: Animal Adaptations
I've always feel that the best lessons or units are ones that employ multiple content areas as a way to foster a complete topical understanding. Third graders research and study animal adaptations and then use their findings to write narratives that include scientific criterion. This lesson is all about literacy and science! The lesson is completely designed for addressing Common Core standards and breaks down the relevance of each task in relation to the standards they meet. Worksheets, rubrics, multiple web links, and helpful teaching tips are all provided.
My Animal Symbol
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.
New! Animal Dance
The image Painting of Bear and Sun Dances by Louis Fenno contains an image of a traditional Ute dance. The class will hone their observation skills, as well as their ability to describe in detail, as they take a close look at the piece. Pupils will work together as they compare and contrast the top and bottom halves of the painting and use what they see to create their own versions of a traditional animal dance.
New! Plant or Animal?
Teach your class about the necessities of life using the book Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun. After a teacher-read-aloud, students make puppets depicting different plants and animals from the story and illustrating the habitat in which they live. The puppets are shared with the class and facilitate a discussion about the similarities and differences between plants and animals. The lesson plan calls for a two-column chart to record ideas from the discussion, but consider using a Venn diagram to better highlight comparisons. As an extension, take a nature walk with your class and have them record different plants and animals they observe.
Oh, Baby! What Baby Animal Is That?
Parents and children tend to look alike, but they are also very different. Little learners examine the similarities and differences found in various adult/infant animal pairs. They discuss what full-grown and infant animals look like, and then play a matching game where they match adult animals to their babies. After the game, youngsters draw and/or write a sentence describing what they've learned.
Helpful Animals and Compassionate Humans in Folklore
Students define elements of stories from around the world that include helpful animals. They explore animal character motivations and use graphic organizers to compare and contrast animal stories from different cultures.
What Animals Need to Live
Fourth graders read "Habitat: What Animals Need to Live" then create a Venn diagram for herbivore, omnivore, and carnivore. In this animal survival lesson, 4th graders determine where different animals need to live depending on what they eat, and summarize what elements are needed for survival (food, water, shelter, space).
Investigating Animals Through Non-Fiction Text
Conduct a shared reading activity with a non-fiction animal book. Young researchers identify the various text features in informational texts, complete a graphic organizer to compare and contrast text feature purposes, and finally choose their own animal to research as a follow-up activity.
Animal Farm: Allegory and the Art of Persuasion
Introduce your class members to allegory and propaganda with a series of activities designed to accompany a study of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Readers examine the text as an allegory, consider the parallels to collective farms and the communist state, examine the characters' names, and reflect on forms of tyranny. The activities could be assigned to small groups, or used sequentially, as research projects.
Animal Fact or Fiction?
Read and discuss the article "Welcome to Cicadaville (Enter at Your Own Risk)" to gain a better understanding around the confusion regarding cicadas and locust swarms. In groups your young analysts research statements about animals to determine fact from fiction. They create pages for an animal fact and poetry book. This is a great way to get kids thinking about using research material, facts, and details, to support their assertions or opinions.
Civil War Animal Mascots
Students recognize that animals played an important role for soldiers during the Civil War. In this Civil War animal mascots instructional activity, students explore how pets are helpful to people. Students watch a Civil War video and complete a KWL about animal mascots during the war. Students discuss the benefits of animal mascots and loyalty of animals. Students answer questions about animal mascots.
Exploring Animals in Literature
Celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week while teaching empathy and allegory with creature-related texts
Textured Animals - Stuffed Animal Still Life
After posing their stuffed animals your young artists will sketch them in light colored chalk. After sketching, the second graders fill the animal with lines to show the fur, or texture of the animal. They put a shadow under their animal, coloring solidly the background and table. This lesson could be used for various ages.
Lesson Plan: Becoming an Animal
The Kwakwaka'wakw are indigenous people from Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The class analyzes a Kwakwak'wakw ceremonial mask, how it was used, and its cultural significance. They then create animal masks representing their favorite animals. Art, culture, and creation!
Beatrix Potter's Naughty Animal Tales
Students gain insight into the unusual, solitary world of Beatrix Potter's Victorian childhood and can compare/contrast it with their own world to explain why Potter wrote such simple stories and why she wrote about animals rather than people.