Understanding animals is an interesting aspect of science. There are millions of animal species living on Earth today, not to mention the millions that lived on Earth hundreds of thousands and even millions of years ago. Many of these animals live in extreme conditions and do amazing things. This week we explore different types of animals!
Online Videos: Use these links to educate and entertain!
- Early Elementary: Mammals
- Upper Elementary: Vertebrate and Invertebrate Animals
- Middle School: The Three Different Ways Mammals Give Birth
- High School: Cladograms
Bird Beaks – Birds compete for seeds and often have specialized beaks to get their favored foods. Darwin’s famous trip to the Galapagos Islands included a study of native finches and their specialized beaks to show how populations on different islands developed from common ancestors. This was essential to learning about how evolution shapes species. In this activity, students can learn the same lesson through foods and tools found in the kitchen.
Classifying Critters – Sometimes it is hard to organize your toys so they are easy to find and not a huge mess all over your room! Try these activities and you will be able to sort and classify your toys just like scientists do for living things!
Handy Hands – People have hands. These amazing structures with five digits allow us to open jars, scratch our noses, and create amazing art. There aren’t many other mammals who are able to do all these things. But unlike other mammals, we aren’t able to walk on all four of our limbs for a long period of time, we aren’t very good at digging with our hands, and we can’t use portions of our hands to help us fly or glide. In this activity, you will explore variation in the many types of hands mammals have!