Our Friends the Animals

Our Friends the Animals

By Jeaneane P. Kozlowski
Subject - Science
Grade - 1


1. Students will be able to identify three common characteristics of most Mammals: have hair or fur; have 2 or 4 legs, and their babies are born live.

2. Students will be able to name 3 Mammals and tell a fact about each one.

3. Students will be able to identify which animal is a Mammal when shown 2 animal pictures.

4. Students will draw a picture of their favorite Mammal and describe it to the class.



Ask students to name animals they know. List the animals. Introduce the term: Mammals. Allow them to search the Internet and various books for pictures of animals.



1) Ask students to look at pictures and tell what is the same about all the animals. Lead discussion to identify that Mammals have fur and 2 or 4 legs. Review each picture to discuss animal names, type of fur and number of legs

2) Tell students a third characteristic of Mammals is that the babies are born live. Discuss difference between "egg laying" and "live birth". Return to the web sites or books and find pictures of baby Mammals to print or draw and label.

3) Review animal names, characteristics of Mammals. Ask students to name three mammals. After being shown 2 animal pictures, students will identify the one that is a mammal. Class will return to the web sites or books to look for facts about each mammal. Each student will copy down a fact the describes two or three of the mammals.



Each student will draw a picture of his or her favorite Mammal. Students will tell class what they have learned about their animal. Return to list of animals students created in the beginning of the lesson. Highlight the animals that are mammals.

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