Workshop: Animal Detectives

What is a mammal? Do amphibians lay eggs? Uncover clues and learn about the five classes of animals: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects. Explore habitats, survival skills, life cycles and food chains.

Major Concepts To Be Explored:

  • What are the different categories of animals?
  • What does it mean to be a mammal? Reptile? Amphibian? Bird? Fish? Insect? Spider?
  • What is a food chain?
  • What is a life cycle? What are some examples of animal life cycles?
  • What is a habitat, and how are habitats different from each other?

Essential Standards:

K.L.1.1, K.L.1.2, 1.L.1.1, 1.L.2.2, 2.L.1.1, 2.L.1.2

Goals of the Workshop:

  • To introduce students to the six classes of animals, and present characteristics of each class.
  • To show how the characteristics and adaptations of animals allow them to survive in their particular habitat.

21st Century Skills:

Participants will be able to:

  • Communicate by sharing thoughts, questions, ideas, and solutions
  • Collaborate by working together to reach a goal – putting talent, expertise, and smarts to work
  • Think critically by looking at problems in a new way and linking learning across subjects and disciplines
  • Create, innovate, and invent by trying new approaches when presented with a challenge

Methods and Activities:

  • Students will learn about the different categories of animals.
  • Students will participate in hands-on activities that will allow them to understand animal adaptations, animal needs, habitats, and classification.
  • Students will be able to view and touch both preserved and live specimens.

Key Vocabulary:

Mammal, Reptile, Amphibian, Bird, Fish, Insect, Spider, Invertebrate, Vertebrate, Habitat, Adaptation

Set-up Needs:

  • Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart.
  • Preference is in a large room with tables for students to work in small groups (approx. 2-4 students/group).
  • Approximate set-up time is 30 min.
  • Approximate clean-up time is 30 min.
  • Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grades K - 2
  • Duration: 6 one-hour sessions
  • Call for Pricing
  • Maximum 25 students