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Pack of wolves
Pack of wolves
Format: image/photograph
Working with animals
In Rice farming and rural life in Vietnam, page 7
In addition to providing labor, water buffalo also sometimes are eaten at major community feasts. Traditionally, buffalo were a major source of wealth for Southeast Asian families. They still are favored in highland wet-rice areas where neither humans not...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Animals move!
This plan introduces students to the different ways animals move.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living and Mathematics)
By Michelle Tesiero.
Animal movements
Students will move like the animal they hear described in the music.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Dance Arts Education and Music Education)
By Jo James.
Create a Music Carnival
This is a lesson in which the students will combine their knowledge of rhythm, pitch, and tone color with their imaginations to create original compositions about animals. They will use "Carnival of the Animals", by Saint-Saens, and "Peter and the Wolf", by Prokofiev, for comparisons.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Music Education)
By Rowena Licko.
Animals, animals, animals
In this lesson students will learn to observe special characteristics and senses which influence the life of an animal and become aware of threats to animals and their habitats and how this affects everyone.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Science)
By Joyce Poplin.
Plant and Animal Interdependence
Plants and animals depend upon each other for survival. These model resources explain the importance of this delicate chain of life.
Format: bibliography/help
Animal folktales: Legends, superheroes, and pourquoi tales
In Rethinking Reports, page 2.2
By writing a narrative about an animal rather than a traditional report, students can learn about literature, develop writing skills, and still fulfill science and research objectives.
By Melissa Thibault.
Animal report
After studying the various animal groups, students write a report about an animal of their choosing using well-formed paragraphs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Science)
By Kay Sims.
Dragon and fish
In Northern and coastal Vietnam: Waterway settlements and Chinese influences, page 10
Other animals in the assembly hall garden also symbolize qualities admired and desired by this Fukian Chinese community.
By Lorraine Aragon.
Names of farm animals and sounds they make
The teacher will introduce nine animal names and the sounds they make in Spanish. Students will become familiar with the animal names and will begin some language production.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Second Languages)
By Tolitha Prybylinski.
The bear who wouldn't sleep
Intermediate-level ESL students will apply facts from a content-based reading passage to create a short story about a bear who doesn't hibernate with his family.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts)
By Donna Kauffman.
Animal Adaptations
Beaks to pry open food, spots to blend in with their habitat, and feathers that shed water are some examples of animal adaptations. We have compiled this sample of instructional resources on animal adaptations that can be found on LEARN NC.
Format: bibliography/help
Believe it or not! Reporting on amazing animals
In Rethinking Reports, page 2.3
A visual and oral presentation of an "animal report" can engage students' interest and develop their artistic and visual literacy skills.
By Melissa Thibault.
Flathead mullet
Flathead mullet
Format: image/illustration
Stuffed animals at the Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Stuffed animals at the Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
These are stuffed animals at the Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Gastonia, North Carolina.
Format: image/photograph
Charlotte Nature Museum
Featuring live animals and plants native to the Carolinas, Charlotte Nature Museum allows students from preschool—grade two to get close to nature.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Arctic animals
This is a whole language lesson for Speech Language Pathologists incorporating listening comprehension, categorizing, following verbal directions, and basic vocabulary and language concepts for First grade students.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Science)
By Susan Ayers.
The Conservators' Center
Visit this wildlife facility for an up-close experience with animals representing 19 different species including lions, tigers, wolves, ring-tailed lemurs, and bobcats.
Format: document/field trip opportunity
Animals on the move
Students will choose an animal, draw the animal, write a sentence naming their animal and write a sentence about what their animal can do using inventive as well as conventional spelling.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
By Anita Baldwin, Ann Loftis, and Genevieve Kiser.