This lesson is designed to introduce students grades K-2 to animal characteristics and their habitats. The idea of adaptation is also introduced.
This lesson is full of interesting facts about many different animals! Students start off by focusing on the identification of animals by matching the correct feet to the correct animal name. Then students identify the animals that would be found in a particular habitat type. Students then further their investigation of animal characteristics and habitat type by exploring why feet look the way they do. This activity requires students to identify shape, pattern, color, and other aspects of an animal's body (claws, scales, long legs) and connect these observations with possible adaptations to their habitat type. Why do these animals have feet that look the way they do? How can these feet help this particular type of animal survive? Lots of fun facts for students to learn!
This lesson leads to great class discussion. Students work on the following skills: observation, inference, group discussion, sharing ideas, working together to come up with ideas.
A detailed answer key/teacher's guide is provided. Background information on each animal and possible discussion points are also included.
This activity is a great starting point for an introduction to habitats!