This is a cut-and-paste activity with a chart to fill in about how animals parents and babies are alike and different. This supports common core science standards for students recognizing how animal species share traits, and how they are different. In this activity, the students first choose an animal from the 24 mother-and-baby animal pictures in the document (I usually randomly pass them out to the students and then let them trade with people at their tables if they want to, but you could give each student all the pictures and let them choose if you prefer). Then, the students paste their picture to the top of the page and fill in a chart about the mother and baby animal. The columns in the chart include:
-Behavioral or Physical
-Same in the Baby?
-If the Same, Why Would It Be Important to Pass This Trait On?
To differentiate this activity, you could easily handwrite in the traits you'd like the students to look at in the mother instead of letting them try to choose independently.