New! 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.
Vibrant Animals: Using an Actor's Body for Character Attributes
Students identify and portray specific character attributes through uprigth movement, creating a portrayal of an animal. They use vibrant, upright movement to convey the characteristics and temperament of specific animals. Finally, students combine attributes of shape and movement with an emotional quality or behavior in a full upright physical representation.
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.
An animal habitat is like the neighborhood where animals live. It's a place they can get everything they need to survive; air, food, shelter, and water. Explore animal habitats with your first graders. In small groups, they create a habitat diorama for an animal they are familiar with, such as a pet. After completing the project they share their habitats with the whole group. Note: The lesson is lacking, in that the children are not learning about animals living outside of the home.
It's not just a lesson about animal adaptations; it's also a lesson about shadows! Young investigators discuss how animals can use shadowy shades and camouflage to hide from predators or stalk their prey. They watch as their teacher makes shadow puppet animals with her hands; this leads to a discussion on how light and shadows work. The lesson culminates in a writing activity, where learners compose a paragraph describing the nature of light, shadow, and camouflage.
Climate Change as a Scientific Theory
A selection of videos is shown to get your class thinking about scientific theory, guided by a handout. Emerging earth scientists also read articles and take notes about glaciers and sea ice. To conclude, they write an evaluation of the evidence for melting ice using the theory that increasing global temperatures are responsible. This resource is ideal for challenging high schoolers to apply critical thinking to scientific media.
Colors in Our Natural World
Field work is a wonderful tool scientists use to study subjects as they are in their natural environment. With a handful of paint chips, learners explore the outdoors to find plants or animals that match the colors they have been assigned. They return to the class and discuss how animals and plants have, through adaptation, developed survival traits such as coloration and camouflage. Then, pupils write a few paragraphs describing how animals use camouflage out in the wild.
What's Your Genus? Scientific Classification and the VT
Students understand the definition of binomial nomenclature. In this binomial nomenclature lesson plan, students classify ordinary animals by seeking their scientific names. Students participate in a knowledge hunt using binomial nomenclature.
The Scientific Process
Middle schoolers use the scientific process to explore events that have occurred in the past such as plate tectonics or how the dinosaurs became extinct. They make observations, develop a hypothesis, and use evidence to test their hypothesis to see how well it holds up in light of the evidence they have.
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.
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.
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