Grade Range
Kindergarden
Group Size
2-3 students
Active Time
60 minutes
Total Time
60 minutes
Area of Science
Mammalian Biology
Zoology
Key Concepts
Animals' basic needs
Learning Objectives
  • Identify the basic needs of an animal.
  • Describe how the specific needs, such as the type of food or shelter, vary for different animals.
Pictures showing a pet dog and items that it might need.

Overview

At some point, many children wish for a pet animal to play with and care for. But what does it take to keep an animal alive and healthy? In this engaging lesson plan, children will act out adopting a pet and shopping for items based on its needs. As they bring their items together, they will notice that every animal needs food, water, shelter, and air to survive.

NGSS Alignment

This lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
  • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
This lesson focuses on these aspects of NGSS Three Dimensional Learning:

Science & Engineering Practices Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts
Analyzing and Interpreting Data. Use observations (firsthand or from media) to describe patterns and/or relationships in the natural and designed world(s) in order to answer scientific questions and solve problems.

Engaging in Argument from Evidence. Listen actively to arguments to indicate agreement or disagreement based on evidence, and/or to retell the main points of the argument.

Construct an argument with evidence to support a claim.
LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms. All animals need food in order to live and grow. They obtain their food from plants or from other animals. Plants need water and light to live and grow.
Patterns. Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence.

Credits

Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies

Materials


Materials needed for this animals needs lesson plan.
  • Printed and cut-out Pet Animal Cards (enough to have one pet per group)
  • Printed and cut-out Animal Basic Needs Cards (1 set for each group). You can also reduce the number of cards that you provide to your students.
  • Tape and/or glue

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Grade Range
Kindergarden
Group Size
2-3 students
Active Time
60 minutes
Total Time
60 minutes
Area of Science
Mammalian Biology
Zoology
Key Concepts
Animals' basic needs
Learning Objectives
  • Identify the basic needs of an animal.
  • Describe how the specific needs, such as the type of food or shelter, vary for different animals.