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Plant & Animal Superpowers Unit Share
Mystery 4 of 6
Why do family members look alike?
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Hi, my name is Amy.

Do you notice anything special about me?

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That’s right! My ears are kind of big, and they stick out.

Sometimes other kids say, “Hey! Where did you get those ears?”

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I wonder the same thing myself.

Where did I get my ears?

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I live on a farm.

I look at the animals.

I notice their ears.

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There are many different kinds of ears.

Turtles have ears you can’t even see.

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Hey, baby turtles!

Where did you get those ears that are inside your head?

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Here’s our dog and her puppies.

The puppies’ ears are furry and floppy.

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Look what happens when our dogs run!

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Hey, puppies!

Where did you get those furry, floppy ears?

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Out in the field, we have a mother cow and her baby.

The baby cow is called a calf.

Look! The calf's body is white, but its ears are black.

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Hey, little calf!

Where did you get those ears?

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Stop and Talk

Look at the ears of these mother animals and their babies. What do you notice?

Where do you think the babies got their ears? Why do you think that?

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Look! The babies have ears like their mothers.

Maybe babies get their ears from their parents.

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get up and move

Get Up and Move!

Let’s be turtles. Move like you have a shell on your back!
Now be a dog. Wag your tail!
Now let’s be cows. Sniff for grass with your big snout!

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I run to tell my mother what I’ve figured out.

She says, “You’re right. We get a lot from our families!”

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I ask my mother, “Why aren’t my ears like your ears?"

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My mother says, “Let me show you something.”

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She takes me to the back room.

Our cat just had kittens!

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She asks, “Are all the kittens like their mother?”

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stop and talk Stop and Talk: How are the kittens like their mother? How are the kittens different from their mother?

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I look closely.

Most of the kittens look a lot like their mother. But a few look different.

Their colors don’t match.

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“Maybe those kittens look more like their father,” Mom says.

“Or maybe the kittens’ grandparents were those colors.”

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Just then, my grandfather comes to visit.

He wants to see the kittens, too.

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My mother asks me, “Do you notice anything about your grandpa?”

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I can’t believe I never noticed before, but Grandpa has big ears like mine!

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Grandpa says, “We have the same ears. My dad had ears like that, too.”

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“It’s because we’re family.”

THE END

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Optional Activity: Matchup Game

In this game, you match animal mothers to their babies. Here's how to play with a group:

  1. Each person gets an envelope.
  2. Open your envelope and look for your match: mothers find their babies and babies find their mothers.
  3. When everyone has found a match, show them to the rest of the class.

See the Extras at the end of this Mystery for variations on the game.

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You've completed the Read-Along & Optional Activity!

If you have more time, view the extensions.

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Extensions

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.

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Baby Animal Matchup Game (variations)

  • For homeschool or small classes, print out one of copy of each page, cut out the cards, and have students match mothers and babies.

  • Have students try to find their match by acting out their animals. (No talking or showing others the picture of their animal.)

  • Have a discussion about the sounds that different animals make. Then have students try to find their match by making the animal's sound. (Don't forget — babies and parents may not make the same sound!) .

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Overview
Grade 1st
Topic Plant & Animal Structures And Survival
Focus Inheritance & Variation of Traits
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Activity Prep

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In this Read-Along Mystery, Amy notices that baby animals look a lot like the adults in their families—and then discovers that she does, too! The Mystery includes a short exercise where students get moving by acting like farm animals. You can extend the lesson with the optional activity, Matchup Game, where students work together to match pictures of animals with their babies.

Preview optional activity

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Envelopes
30 envelopes
Baby Animal Cards printout Print 5 copies
Parent Animal Cards printout Print 1 copy
Prep Instructions

Print enough picture cards so that each student can have a parent animal or a baby animal. We suggest printing one copy of the parent animal cards and enough baby animals for the rest of the class since many babies can group with the same parent. If you have 30 students, you’ll need all 6 parent animal pictures and 24 assorted baby animal pictures. Cut out the pictures and put each one in its own envelope to distribute to your students.

Overview
Grade 1st
Topic Plant & Animal Structures And Survival
Focus Inheritance & Variation of Traits