Lesson Plan:

Fur, Scales, and Feathers: Identifying Animals

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September 11, 2015
by D'Vonne White

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use language to describe observations between different types of animals such as mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Lesson

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.

Extend

Differentiation

  • 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

Review

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.

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