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Animal Adventures

Animal Biodiversity

  1. Lessons
  2. Activity Prep
  3. Assessments

Mystery 1: Biodiversity, Classification, & Patterns

Animals Sorting Game

In this activity, students study animal traits and use these traits to sort animal cards into groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates). Students are then challenged to make decisions about animals that don’t fall neatly into any of those categories.

Number of students:
Blank Paper (8.5 x 11")
4 sheets per pair
Scissors
1 pair per student
Animal Cards (2 pages) printout
Print on card stock if possible.
1 per pair
Challenge Cards printout 1 per group

Prep instructions

We recommend students work in pairs. Homeschool students can work on their own.

When you set up your classroom, note that students will need to alternate between doing their work and watching two short videos that are part of the activity.

Prepare Challenge Cards

Each pair of students will need a set of Challenge Cards. Each copy of this printout has two sets of cards, so we recommend you cut these in half prior to class for easy distribution to pairs of students.

Animals Sorting Game

In this activity, students study animal traits and use these traits to sort animal cards into groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates). Students are then challenged to make decisions about animals that don’t fall neatly into any of those categories.

We recommend students work in pairs. Homeschool students can work on their own.

When you set up your classroom, note that students will need to alternate between doing their work and watching two short videos that are part of the activity.

Prepare Challenge Cards

Each pair of students will need a set of Challenge Cards. Each copy of this printout has two sets of cards, so we recommend you cut these in half prior to class for easy distribution to pairs of students.

Mystery 2: Biodiversity, Species, & Habitats

Who's Calling?

In this activity, students listen to recordings of frog calls, create words that will remind them of the sounds, and then use those words to identify frog sounds in different environments.

Number of students:
Who's Calling & Types of Frogs (2 pages) printout 1 per student
Who's Calling & Types of Frogs Answer Key (2 pages) printout 1 per class

Prep instructions

We recommend students work in groups of four. Homeschool students can work on their own.

Before you begin, let students know they’ll be listening to the sounds of nature as they do this activity.

Who's Calling?

In this activity, students listen to recordings of frog calls, create words that will remind them of the sounds, and then use those words to identify frog sounds in different environments.

We recommend students work in groups of four. Homeschool students can work on their own.

Before you begin, let students know they’ll be listening to the sounds of nature as they do this activity.

Mystery 3: Biodiversity & Engineering

Design a Bird Feeder

In this activity, students design and build a bird feeder. Students first draw their design to attract a specific type of bird. Then they build a prototype of their bird feeder using available materials.

Number of students:
Paper Punch
1 paper punch per group
Scissors
1 pair per group
Aluminum Foil
6" per student
Dot Stickers
8 stickers per student. We prefer stickers because they are easier to distribute in a classroom.
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Paper Cups (8 oz)
1 cup per student
Paper Plates (9")
1 plate per student
Pipe Cleaners
2 pipe cleaners per student
Skewers
1 skewer per student
Small Binder Clips (3/4")
1 clip per student
Bird Feeder Inspiration printout 1 per group
My Bird Feeder printout 1 per student

Prep instructions

Each student will create their own bird feeder, but we recommend students work in pairs to share ideas. Homeschool students can work on their own.

Check the Recycling Bin

We encourage you to raid your recycling bin for building supplies. You can use materials you find there to substitute or supplement our list of supplies.

Prepare Aluminum Foil and Dot Stickers

Tear aluminum foil into 6” squares so that you have enough for each student.

We suggest providing each student with 8 dot stickers. You can divide these up before class for easier distribution.

Buy Some Bird Seed (Optional)

If you would like to add bird seed to students’ prototype feeders, you'll need to buy a bag. Be warned: spilled bird seed can be messy. Student prototype bird feeders may not be sturdy enough to actually put outside and use.


Engineering Teacher Tip

We created the Bird Feeder Inspiration printout for students who may be stumped or frustrated by the task of making a bird feeder. We suggest letting students first try to come up with ideas on their own, providing these Inspiration printouts only to those who need extra guidance.

Design a Bird Feeder

In this activity, students design and build a bird feeder. Students first draw their design to attract a specific type of bird. Then they build a prototype of their bird feeder using available materials.

Each student will create their own bird feeder, but we recommend students work in pairs to share ideas. Homeschool students can work on their own.

Check the Recycling Bin

We encourage you to raid your recycling bin for building supplies. You can use materials you find there to substitute or supplement our list of supplies.

Prepare Aluminum Foil and Dot Stickers

Tear aluminum foil into 6” squares so that you have enough for each student.

We suggest providing each student with 8 dot stickers. You can divide these up before class for easier distribution.

Buy Some Bird Seed (Optional)

If you would like to add bird seed to students’ prototype feeders, you'll need to buy a bag. Be warned: spilled bird seed can be messy. Student prototype bird feeders may not be sturdy enough to actually put outside and use.


Engineering Teacher Tip

We created the Bird Feeder Inspiration printout for students who may be stumped or frustrated by the task of making a bird feeder. We suggest letting students first try to come up with ideas on their own, providing these Inspiration printouts only to those who need extra guidance.