Life Cycle - Organisms (KA)
Post Lab 

   
OBJECTIVES:
  • Comparing where large animals live.
  • Describing characteristics of animals.
VOCABULARY:
  • animal
  • characteristic
  • organism
MATERIALS:

Students use a worksheet to compare different animals.

BACKGROUND:

Students have seen many different animals. However, sometimes children associate animals with cartoons that might incorrectly portray that specific animal. Children also get an incorrect idea of where animals actually live in zoos. For instance, a polar bear and a penguin may be close to each other in the zoo, but in real life the polar bear lives near the North Pole and the penguin lives near the South Pole.

It is important to emphasize that just seeing an animal does not make you an instant expert. You must learn by observing animals, by reading books, or by talking to people that have experience with specific animals.

PROCEDURE:
  1. Use the coloring exercise to explain where the different animals come from. If you ask students where these animals come from many will say, "the zoo." By showing the students where these animals came from on the globe will help them learn how to identify geographic locations.
      
  2. The elephant in the coloring exercise can either come from India or Africa. The whale can be from any of the oceans. Many whales swim from ocean to ocean, and are noted for their long migrations. Lions are from Africa. Penguins are from the South Pole only. Different types of frogs can be found on all the continents, except for Antarctica. Crocodiles come from the Caribbean area, Africa, and Australia. Skunks are found in North and South America. Turtles can be found just about everywhere, except Antarctica and the Arctic region. Cats are found everywhere, but probably originated in southwest Asia. Wild cats are native to Africa, Asia, and South America.
      
  3. You might also want to tell students that in this coloring exercise everyone is living happily with each other, but in nature this does not happen.
      
  4. Different varieties of animal puppets can also make this lesson more alive for students. Students should be able to locate where the different animals are from on the globe. Use pictures any magazine or book that might help show students where these animals live in their native environment.

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