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: This lesson helps students identify the body parts and behaviors characteristic to specific animals that contribute to its survival.
Materials Needed: Whiteboard/chalkboard
LEGO pieces
pictures or videos of relevant animals (e.g. beaver)
Necessary Background -How animals adapt to various environments
Procedure

1. Introduce body parts/behaviors that help animals function using beaver example. Ask the students to make observations of the beaver picture/video. (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. In groups of 2 or 3, have students pick a wild animal. Have students identify required body parts that contribute to survival (10 min)

3. Using Legos, have students build the specific body part(s) of 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
Attachment 1 NXT Animals worksheet
Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable) Basic Science (Animals + Matter)

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