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Animals: Form and Function

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 Be

    A Place to BeLesson

    Students play a “Concentration” type card game, matching animals with their “places to be.”

    Grades: K-2
  • Animals' Needs

    Animals' NeedsLesson

    Student teams observe a worm model and a live worm, create worm terrariums, and observe worms over time.

    Grades: K-2
  • Ants in Space

    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 Space

    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.

  • Food Webs

    Food WebsLesson

    Students construct possible food webs for six different ecosystems and learn about producers, consumers, herbivores, carnivores and decomposers.

  • Mimicry and Camouflage

    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?

    Plant or Animal?Lesson

    Students explore two major kinds of living things, plants and animals, and compare their needs.

    Grades: K-2
  • Resources and Animals

    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 Space

    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?

    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

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