Animals: Form and Function
Juvenile Eastern Screech Owl.
© Ronald L. McNeel, DrPH.
Movement, life cycles and reproduction, animal body types, body systems, maintaining the internal environment, adaptations, development
A Place to BeLesson
Students play a “Concentration” type card game, matching animals with their “places to be.”Grades: K-2
Student teams observe a worm model and a live worm, create worm terrariums, and observe worms over time.Grades: K-2
Ants in SpaceLesson
Build your own ant habitat and compare the search behaviors of ants on Earth to those living on the International Space Station.
Butterflies in SpaceLesson
Students conduct open-ended scientific investigations to learn how gravity and microgravity affect the life cycle of painted lady (Vanessa cardui) butterflies.
Students construct possible food webs for six different ecosystems and learn about producers, consumers, herbivores, carnivores and decomposers.
Mimicry and CamouflageLesson
Students explore the differences between mimicry and camouflage, and identify adaptations found in different organisms that illustrate specific survival strategies.Grades: K-2
Plant or Animal?Lesson
Students explore two major kinds of living things, plants and animals, and compare their needs.Grades: K-2
Resources and AnimalsLesson
Students observe, examine, discuss and draw a walking stick insect or a crawfish in its natural environment.Grades: K-2
Spiders in SpaceLesson
Students conduct open-ended scientific investigations to learn how gravity and microgravity affect the life cycle of golden silk spiders (Nephila clavipes), and the creation of spider webs.
Where Do Animals Live?Lesson
Students draw pictures representing both their favorite nonsense lines from a poem, and animals in more appropriate environments.Grades: K-2