The study of animals is frequently an integral part of the early primary science curriculum. Most children have some framework of knowledge about animals, on which further understanding can be built. Activities about animals can also incorporate a variety of skills — reading, observation, vocabulary, description, and comparison. The activities in this unit incorporate skills that are critical in language arts, math, and science.
 
Life Cycles

These activities explore the life cycles of a variety of animals. They will help students understand that animals have a life cycle and that they live and die, that details of the life cycle are different for different organisms, and that offspring are similar but not identical to their parents.
 
 
Animal Characteristics

Students can explore how animals' characteristics help them survive or adapt to their environments, as well as how animals are different from plants. Children will identify different parts of an animal, recognize that plants and animals belong to different environments, and practice using a Venn diagram.
 
 
On the Farm

These activities focus on animals that are very familiar to young children. Students can experience the genre of poetry, read for information, build sight-word vocabulary, identify the contribution of a veterinarian to the community, practice counting skills, and relate everyday language to math problems.
 
 
Animals Online

These online activities and Internet Field Trips allow students to find out more about animals that lived long ago, as well as animals living today. Students will use the Internet to obtain information, learn about zoo animals, and recognize that dinosaurs are animals that once lived on earth and have since become extinct.
 
 
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