Animal Unit Created with The Checklist

 

Here's a recipe for a simple animal unit for PreK- 6th using The Checklist as your planning guide. The items in bold are taken from page 155 of The Checklist - Zoolog (see page 90 of pdf sample).

1. God's Purpose for Animals. Look up animals in a topical Bible. Here's some I found:

    God's creation of animals: Genesis 1 & 2

    For discussion of evolution, see People below.

    Cloning - read about animal cloning from a Biblical perspective in Answers in Genesis: http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/faq/cloning.asp.

    Ordained as food for man: Genesis 9:2,3; Leviticus 11:3, 9, 21, 22; Deuteronomy 14:4-6, 9, 11, 20

    Used as clothes for man: Genesis 3:21

    Offered as sacrifices for man's sin: Genesis 4:4; 7:2-8; 8:20

    Sent in judgement of man: Leviticus 26:22; Numbers 21:6, 7; Deuteronomy 8:15; 28:26; Ezekiel 5:17

    Have your children write a report about something he/she studied in this section. Look through pages 130-131 of The Checklist for composition ideas. (Example: write recipes for foods made from animals - like spaghetti and meat balls. Cook the recipes.)

2. Careers in Zoology (4th--6th)

Read Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Animals and Nature by Diane Lindsey Reeves

Have your child write a report on an animal career that interests him.

3. Animal Identification. Make an animal notebook using any or all of the following ideas:

Make multiple copies the Animal Report Form provided on my website. Have your children complete the form. Either draw pictures or cut out pictures of animals in old magazines to include on the form.

Have younger children do coloring pages from National Geographic: http://www.coloring.ws/animals.html and place in the notebook.

Take a trip to the zoo and have your child take photos of the animals. Paste one animal per page of the notebook. Have your child write the name of the animal and any other information you want them to include on each page. Be sure to purchase a copy of the Zoo Guide from Answers in Genesis before you go!

Animal classification poster (4th-6th)

Create an animal classification poster that includes Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus & Species. Illustrate each with pictures of animals.

Cute classification game.

4. Conservation and Stewardship

Read books about conservation and record on your daily planner.

Read what the Bible says about animal stewardship.

Have your children write a report about something he/she studied in this section. Look through pages 130-131 of The Checklist for composition ideas. (Example: Write a persuasive essay on why we should or should not set aside land for animal preservation.)

Read about the Department of Agriculture and find out what it does related to animals. Record on page 116 of The Checklist.

Visit Paul's Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center (http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/index.php) and Blaze's Tribute Animal Rescue to see how people are taking care of abandoned horses: http://www.blazesequinerescue.com/index.html/ If you are unable to adopt, why not make a donation while you are there!

5. Animal Dissection, Lab - obtain a fetal pig, fish, or other animal and dissection kit for dissection lab. Here is a nice worksheet for a perch (http://staff.tuhsd.k12.az.us/gfoster/standard/perchdissection.htm), 4th-6th

6. Microscopic Life - see People below

7. Food Chains

Make an illustration of a food chain

Read books about food chains and record on your daily planner.

Have your children write a report about something he/she studied in this section. Look through pages 130-131 of The Checklist for composition ideas. (Example: write a fact sheet on food chains)

8. Life Cycles

Read books about life cycles of animals and record on your daily planner. One I recommend is Wisdom, The Midway Albatross by Darcy Pattison.This is a true story about an albatross that has lived for more than 60 years!

Have your children write a report about something he/she studied in this section. Look through pages 130-131 of The Checklist for composition ideas. (Example: draw cartoons illustrating the life cycle of a butterfly)

9. Animal Habitats

Read books about animal habitats and record on your daily planner.

Have your children write a report about something he/she studied in this section. Look through pages 130-131 of The Checklist for composition ideas. (Example: write captions to photos of animal habitats)

10. Animal Study & Anatomy (also see animal dissection lab above)

Field Trip: Take a trip to the zoo or visit Born Free: Animals of the World. This is a great resource for learning about the animals found in different countries of the world.

Reading (The Checklist Assistant was created to help you locate books and other resources for use with unit studies.)

    Read book about invertebrates and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about arachnids and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about crustaceans and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about echinodems and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about insects and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about mollusks and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about one-celled animals and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about sponges and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about worms and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about vertebrates and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about amphibians and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about birds and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about fish and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about mammals and record on your daily planner.

    Read book about reptiles and record on your daily planner.

    Composition - Have your children write a report about something he/she studied in this section. Look through pages 130-131 of The Checklist for composition ideas. (Example: Have an animal theme birthday party & write animal invitations, serve animal crackers, etc.)

    Art - do an art project related to the study of animals - see page 167 of The Checklist for ideas (Example: make a sculpture of an animal from clay)

11. Animal Habits and Instincts

Read books about animal habits and instincts and record on your daily planner.

Read books about camouflage and record on your daily planner.

Read a fiction book about animals. Look through pages 119-126 of The Checklist for ideas. Examples: Beatrice Potter - The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Richard Atwater - Mr Popper's Penguins, or Jeanette Oke - Spunky's Diary.)

Have your children write a composition related to this topic. Look through pages 130-131 of The Checklist for composition ideas. (Example: Write a fiction story, peom, or mystery about an animal)

12. People. Go through pages 138-143 to locate scientists who are involved in the study of animals. Have your child read biographies of one or more of these scientists and write a biography. Use the Famous Person Report Form on my website, if desired. Here are some I found:

Aristotle - classification of animals, add to page 46 of The Checklist under People also

Darwin - evolutionary theory, record on page 24 of The Checklist. Read about Darwin from a Christian perspective: http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/faq/darwin.asp

Leeuwenhoek - microscopic animals

Mendel - genetics

Pavlov - Pavlovian conditioning (dogs), record on pg. 179 of The Checklist also

Pasteur - rabies

13. Terms. Make a glossary for your notebook. Include definition of terms used in this unit that you want to remember.

14. Music. Look through composers on pages 172-173 of The Checklist for a composer that might be related to the study of animals. Have your child read a biography of the composer, listen to the music, and/or write a biography report.

Tchaikovsky - Swan lake

Puccini - Madam Butterfly

15. Art History. Look through artists on pages 168-169 of The Checklist for a composer that might be related to the study of animals. Have your child read a biography of the artist, look at some of his/her art, try to imitate his/her work, and/or write a biography report.

John James Audubon - birds

16. History - Page 113 of The Checklist - Landmarks. Read about the American Eagle and how it came to be a symbol for the United States. Make a page for your notebook about the American Eagle.

 

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