Fur, Scales, and Feathers: Identifying Animals
Students will be able to use language to describe observations between different types of animals such as mammals, reptiles, and birds.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by asking your students what birds have to cover their bodies.
- Ask the students what cats and dogs have to cover their bodies.
- Then, ask the same question about lizards and snakes.
- Tell the students that today they are going to learn about the different kinds of body coverings that animals have.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Inform students that all animals have one of three types of body coverings: fur, scales, or feathers.
- Tell the students that some animals have fur, and these animals are called mammals.
- Explain to your students that animals with feathers are called birds.
- Tell your students that animals with scales are reptiles.
- Watch the Fur, Feather, and Scales video.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Create 3 categories on the whiteboard. Label them mammals, birds, and reptiles.
- Write underneath each category fur, feathers, and scales, respectively.
- Show the students photographs of various animals, such as a lion, an ostrich, and an iguana.
- Ask the students to categorize the animals and use magnets to place the photos in the correct group.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Give the students the Fur, Scales, and Feathers worksheet.
- Direct the students to tell each other what group each animal belongs in.
- Provide each student with 3 pieces of assorted construction paper, glue, and scissors.
- Ask the students to cut out the pictures of the animals and paste them onto the construction paper.
- Tell students to paste reptiles onto green paper, mammals onto red paper, and birds onto yellow paper.
- Enrichment: Have students use a Venn diagram to compare the mammals, reptiles, and birds.
- Support: Show the students flashcards of various animals. Have them tell you if they are mammals, reptiles, or birds.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Mini-conference with each student, and ask him to give an example of a mammal, a bird, and a reptile.
- Record their abilities to answer the three questions accurately.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- To close out the lesson, read Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann.