September 11, 2015
by D'Vonne White

Lesson plan

Fur, Scales, and Feathers: Identifying Animals

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

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(10 minutes)
  • To close out the lesson, read Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann.

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