Animal Traits and Adaptations: Pet Scrambled Sentences

Animal Traits and Adaptations:  Pet Scrambled Sentences
Animal Traits and Adaptations:  Pet Scrambled Sentences
Animal Traits and Adaptations:  Pet Scrambled Sentences
Animal Traits and Adaptations:  Pet Scrambled Sentences
Animal Traits and Adaptations:  Pet Scrambled Sentences
Animal Traits and Adaptations:  Pet Scrambled Sentences
Animal Traits and Adaptations:  Pet Scrambled Sentences
Animal Traits and Adaptations:  Pet Scrambled Sentences
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This Next Generation Science (NGSS) inspired activity collection introduces first grade students to traits and adaptations inherited by pets. Students will be exposed to new vocabulary as they learn how animal external parts and traits help them survive. Students will use their knowledge of pets as they sort, put words into sentence order, match sentence parts together, graph, write, cut, and draw. There are 3 levels of sentence cards to put in order so you can differentiate for your students' levels or use it in the fall and again in the spring at the next level. The challenge set gives students the opportunity to use adjectives that describe the pets and their features as well.

First grade students are to learn about inheritance of traits along with structure and function of external body parts for Next Generation Science Standards. This resource will help introduce your students to traits that many animals have. They can also compare how different animals possess these traits yet they might vary by size or shape. Animals may also use the body parts for different purposes. These activities will help your students build a vocabulary and background knowledge to build upon to meet the standards.

Learn about pets: bird, fish, mouse, hamster, bunny

Develop vocabulary: whiskers, ears, claws, gills, wings

Don't forget the adjectives: tan, orange, baby, white, sharp, big, thin, blue and two.

SENTENCE STRIP MATCH UP: Students will find the 2 parts that go together to create a sentence about each animal.


  1. Where do they live? cage or bowl/tank
  2. What am I? mammal, not a mammal, bird, fish
  3. What do they have? whiskers, ears, claws, gills, wings

BUILD SENTENCES: Students put color coded word cards with animal graphics in order to create sentences. Use the set that meets your students' needs. It's so easy to differentiate or use the advanced sentences at the end of the year.

  • Set A is Advanced with more words.
  • Set B is Basic shorter sentences.
  • Set C is very short sentences without adjectives.

WRITING PAPER: Give your students some extra practice with writing complete sentences or have them complete to document and be accountable for their work at the building sentences center/station.

WORKSHEETS: Draw it, cut and glue it, write it pages have students put the words of a sentence in order. 5 animal pages are provided and each has a "Fun Fact" as well.

Extend these center activities by asking your students to explain WHY the animals have these traits. Make more copies of the writing paper and they can even write it. Oh, that sounds like opinion writing to me! Check that off your To Teach list.

Included in download:

  • 5 pages with draw it, cut & glue it, write it tasks
  • color coded animal clip art word cards for 5 sentences
  • black and white beginning, ending, and punctuation sentence parts
  • "I can" list of activities for building sentences
  • "I can" list of activities for sorting activities
  • list of Common Core standards that are addressed in these activities
  • lined writing paper with graphics
  • Set A, Set B, and Set C differentiated sentence lists
  • 2 part sentence for each animal
  • 4 charts for graphing
  • vocabulary and animal cards
  • cards for titles of sorts
  • cards to discuss synonyms: little, tiny, small

There are 2 pages of Teacher Tips to help answer any questions regarding how to use this resource.

Use these activities in a small group or as a center that allows your students to be hands on and build their knowledge about animals.

This is Set 2. Don't miss out on Set 1.

Build on this knowledge and have your students learn how animal traits inspired inventions.

This year, enjoy teaching science!


P.S. After downloading, draw whiskers on the bunny. The graphic does not include them.


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