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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
  • Making pupperts reinforces student learning about plants, animals, and their environments
  • A copy of Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun is available online
  • Key vocabulary about plants and animals is not explicitly addressed in lesson