Honolulu Zoo Society : Animals A-Z

Animals Everywhere (K - 1st)

Topic Overview

Begin the Lesson

This is an introduction to some of the unique animals that roam the planet. Students will observe a variety of species and compare and contrast different characteristics of animals.


Whole Class Introduction to the Lesson

You will need at least one computer with Internet connectivity and a projection device, a classroom with more than one computer, or access to a computer lab.  This introduction will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Start by asking students to think of their favorite animal. Ask them to name their animals as you write the animal on the board. Tell the class to think how each animal has some similar characteristics and how they are different.

Start by projecting the 'Sid the Science Kid' video about animals and their habitats: http://pbskids.org/video/?category=Sid%20the%20Science%20Kid&pid=ywIa_SEoGgfGFZ8ncBYVXh_QGKiMACEx

Next, project this link from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/PhotoGallery/. As you click through the various images, ask students to call out different ways that they can describe the animals. Keep a running list on the board.

Sample Questions:

  • Why do you think animals have different colors?
  • How does an animal's body shape help him to move through different environments?
  • What are the different types of body coverings that you noticed?

As part of the introduction, you may want to review some of the glossary terms in advance of students going online. At this point you can launch the WebLesson as whole-class activity using a projection device, or you can assign students to work individually or in teams in a computer lab.


WebLesson Sites
Think about the zoo, the ocean, the mountains, or the park. There are many different animals that live in the world. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Some have wings and some have flippers; some breathe with lungs and some breathe through gills. Some animals have backbones and some animals do not.
Think about the animals you have seen when you visited the park or played on the playground. You might know the names of some, but you might also discover new animals. There are many animals and they are all very different. We are going explore the different types of animals in the world.
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Conclusion & Project
Animals come in all shapes and sizes. They live in different places on Earth. There are millions of different kinds of animals, and they come in every color of the rainbow. They can be as tiny as an ant or as large as a whale. Did you know that biologists are still discovering new types of animals every year?
Think about all of the animals that you have observed. Make a list of five of your favorite animals. What do they look like? How do they act? Why are each of these animals your favorite animals?

*How are they similar to each other? How are they different?
amphibian - cold-blooded animal that hatches from an egg in the water and lives on land as it grows up
biodiversity - the variety of plants and animals in the world or in a particular area.
bird - warm-blooded animals that have feathers, lay eggs, and fly
camouflage - protective coloring or another feature that hides an animal and helps it to blend into its surroundings
chrysalis - the hardened outer protective layer of a pupa of a butterfly or moth
dung - the poop of animals; manure
fish - cold-blooded animals that live in water and have fins and gills
forest - an area covered in trees.
insect - small animal that hatches from eggs and grows up to have sectioned bodies and jointed legs
jungle - another word for rainforest
larvae - baby bugs, usually wingless and worm-shaped
mammal - warm-blooded animals that have hair or fur and carry their babies in their womb
migrate - to move from one area to another, usually in the fall and spring.
predator - an animal that kills other animals for food
prey - an animal hunted or caught for food
pupa - a butterfly or moth when it is changing from a caterpillar to the butterfly or moth form.
rainforest - dense forest found in tropical areas of heavy rainfall
reptile - cold-blooded, scaly animals