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Prepping was easy!
First, I printed off the animal cards on cardstock to make them durable enough for reuse and then cut along the outside borders to separate the pieces.
Then I printed off the sentence starters and record sheets for the writing activity and grabbed some great mammal picture books to read aloud for background knowledge.
To start the conversation about mammals, I pulled out the animal cards and laid the game board down in front of the children.
I held up the rabbit card and asked students to brainstorm what facts they knew about the animal. The class came up with quite the list!
When the children couldn’t think of anything more, I added one last characteristic to the list: It’s a mammal.
Since the term was new to the class, I explained that scientists put animals in groups and one of them is called “mammals”. They were going to work together as scientists to figure out whether the rest of the animals in our stack were mammals like rabbits or not and to do that, they’d need to answer three questions:
- Does it have fur/hair?
- Does it give live birth?
- Is it warm blooded?
I placed the rabbit to the side and grabbed the frog next. To figure out whether or not it was a mammal, we worked our way through the questions:
- Frogs do not have fur or hair.
- Frogs do not give live birth.
- Frogs are not warm blooded.
Everyone agreed that since frogs failed all three tests, they must not be mammals.
We worked as a group to solve a couple more and then I sent students off in pairs to sort a complete stack of cards onto their own game boards.
Students were excited to take turns picking a card off of the animal pile and explaining why or why not they believed the animal was a mammal.
It was a great way to check comprehension.
Later that day, I pulled out the sentence starters for a quick follow up.
I asked for volunteers to read each one: mammals are, mammals have, mammals can.
Then I showed them the lined piece of paper and had children finish the sentences on their own.
When we came back together and read the sentences aloud, the class was surprised to find that there were so many different possible answers!
Science at its best.
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