Honolulu Zoo Society : Animals A-Z

Fascinating Animals (K - 1st)

Topic Overview

Begin the Lesson

Younger students will enjoy watching video clips and looking at photos of a collection of animals. They will start to look for some of the physical features and behaviors that different animals have.


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 projecting the video clips posted at http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/videos/animals.html. Also choose some of the clips at http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/11/top-10-amazing/. As students observe the animals, ask them to look for different physical and behavioral characteristics that make them different from other animals.

After watching the video clips, ask students to brainstorm all the different physical and behavioral features of the animals that observed. Write what students say on the board.

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
The world is filled with animals that come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Animals can be cute like a rabbit or scary like a crocodile. Animals can be teeny tiny like a bumble bee or very large like a elephant. They might be soft, rough, spiky, smooth, dry, or moist.

Looking at and comparing animals is fun. It is amazing to see all of the different animals on the planet Earth.
Your class will go on a trip to the zoo. Think of some of the animals that you have seen in book or on TV. Which animals do you want to watch the most? Are you interested in seeing new and different types of animals?
Lesson Pages
Conclusion & Project
Animals live in just about every location on the planet Earth. From small insects to large sharks and bears, from animals that live in the water to animals that can fly, and from animals that are quiet plant-eaters to powerful and scary carnivores, animals can be found in any place around the world.

Observing animals is a favorite activity of humans, no matter what their age. Adults love to watch animals in action as much as you and your friends.
Describe one animal that you have learned about that you would like to study more. Why does this animal interest you?
ape - a large, intelligent primate with no tail, such as an orangutan, a chimpanzee, a gorilla, or a human. Most types of apes make and use tools.
chimpanzee - an African ape that lives in forests and grasslands. They are very closely related to humans.
conservation - protecting animals, plants, and their habitats
elusive - difficult to find, observe, or catch
expand - to make bigger
genetic - passed down from your parents
global warming - the Earth's temperature getting slowly warmer because of pollution. Also called "Climate Change".
hatchling - baby turtle who has just hatched from its egg
hypnosis - sleeplike condition
incubate - keeping eggs warm so that the baby animal inside can grow
invertebrate - an animal that lacks a backbone or spinal column
opposable - thumb that can touch the fingertips of the same hand
primate - a mammal that has a highly developed brain, eyes facing forward, a shortened nose and muzzle, and opposable thumbs
safari - expedition to observe animals in their natural habitat
savannah - grassy region with very few trees
vegetarian - an animal that does not eat meat; eats only plants, nuts, berries
vertebrate - an animal with a backbone or spinal column
vulnerable - easily attacked or hurt