Lesson 1: Animals
UNIT 6: Life Science, Part 2
Allow each
student to have a turn, and then create a graph using the animals.
Remove the sticky note label from one of the circles and place it in an open area.
Ask students to place the animals from that circle in a line above or beside the
sticky note.
Repeat until all of the animals are represented in the graph.
Sample Graph
ant dog whale
butterfly monkey elephant
mouse pig giraffe
hamster leopard polar bear
hummingbird eagle horse
small medium large
Activity 3
Teacher Note Teacher Note
Activity 3 will focus on the body covering (skin, scales, fur,
feathers, shell, or spines) of each animal. Students may not be
aware of the different body coverings animals have. Allow students

to discuss the body coverings and offer the correct name for them,
i.e., skin for a frog, scales for a fish, fur for a bear, etc.
For this activity, we will focus on the outermost covering of the
animal. For example, hedgehogs have spines and hair. We will
focus on spines for this lesson.
Teacher Instruction
Gather students for a whole-group discussion.
Display the sorting circles and inform students that they are going to help label
the circles during the lesson.
Pass the mystery cup to one student and instruct him or her to remove one
animal from the cup.
Instruct the student to display his or her animal for the class, identify the animal,
and tell what kind of body covering the animal has in real life.
Instruct the student to place his or her animal in a sorting circle.
Ask the student what label should be placed in the circle, write it on a sticky note,
and label the circle with the name of a body covering such as skin, fur, feathers,
scales, shell, or spines.
Activity 3
For teacher
mystery cup with
small plastic
animals from
sticky notes
sorting circles or
chart paper with
circles for sorting
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