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Name of Activity Animal Body Parts/Behaviors
Author STOMP
Keywords animals, science, body parts, behaviors
Subject Non-LEGO
Grade Level 4
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Help students understand specific developments and adaptations that help animals to survive.
Lesson Objectives: Have students identify the body parts and behaviors characteristic to specific animals that contribute to its survival.
Materials Needed: Whiteboard/chalkboard, Legos
Preparation and Set Up: Have legos that students can use to build animaladaptations
Necessary Background Introduction to Animals, basic needs
Procedure

1. Introduce body parts/behaviors that help animalsfunction using beaver example (5 min)

tail – steers while swimming, stores fat/heat

feet – webbed feet for swimming

teeth – large chiseled teeth, cut wood, lips close behind front teeth (allow eating underwater/keep wood pieces out of mouth)

oxygen – slow O2 circulation, large lungs

fur – keeps warm in cold weather, oil helps insulate

2. Have students identify required body parts that contribute to survival (10 min)

3. Using Legos, have students build the specific body partof the animal that was described in 2. (30 min)

4. Animal behaviors that contribute to ecosystem function – have students think of their own

(10 min)

- squirrels stow nuts, some of these turn into trees

- wolves: predators, population control

- spiders: eat bugs

- worms: help make soil

Previous Activity (if applicable) Intro to Ecosystems
Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable) Basic Science (Animals + Matter)
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