Animal Characteristics: Learning Through Scientific Inquiry

Pre-K - 2nd

Students study animal characteristics. In this inquiry based lesson, students learn about animal characteristics through the use of nonfiction books and the guidance of their teacher.

Resource Details

Instructional Design
Inquiry-Based Learning
21 days

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