Lesson Plan

Move Like an Animal!

Have your students get energized while they learn about animal locomotion and move around like various animals!
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Animal locomotion takes center stage in this engaging first grade lesson plan. First, young learners will explore how different animals get around through song and story. Children will then cut out animal pictures and sort them into categories based on how they move from one place to another (e.g. swim, run, slither, etc.). As science learners explore different ways to move like an animal, they will also be building important skills related to nonfiction comprehension, critical thinking, and sorting and categorizing.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to discuss different animal movements and be able to sort animals based on their locomotion.


(10 minutes)
Animal Pictures
  • Explain to your students that they will be learning about animal locomotion, or the ability to move from one place to another, today.
  • Write the word “locomotion” on the board, and explain the meaning.
  • Make a word web and ask your students to brainstorm different ways animals move. Write down their answers.
  • Watch Let’s Go to the Zoo - Animal Songs for Kids and invite students to get up and move around like the animals in the song.