A 60 minute lesson in which students will represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways.
Prior to the lesson, source enough playdough and craft supplies for the students to use to construct their small animal models.
Art and craft supplies
This lesson contains a link to an external video. Please watch the video prior to presenting this lesson to ensure that the content is appropriate for your students.
Students watch and listen to the Ladybird for Kids video on YouTube. At the end of the video, ask the students:
How many legs does a ladybird have?
What other body parts does a ladybird have?
Why do ladybirds have a red body?
Provide each student with a sticky note. Ask them to draw one small animal that they found on the playground safari. Encourage the students to share their drawing and describe the external features of the small animal to a partner.
Provide the students with their own copy of the worksheet. Ask them to complete the table using the observational drawings that they made during the playground safari.
Once the students have completed the table, provide them with playdough and a variety of craft materials. Ask the students to use their observational drawings to create a playdough model of one small animal. Encourage the students to add detail to their model by including the external features.
Monitor and support the students as they complete the task. Take photographs of the students’ models to add to their science journal and to use for assessment purposes.