2C.03 Children are provided varied opportunities and materials that support fine-motor development.
2G.07 Children are provided varied opportunities and materials that encourage them to discuss scientific concepts in everyday conversation.
2G.08 Children are provided varied opportunities and materials that help them learn and use scientific terminology and vocabulary associated with the content areas.
Language Development - Listening and Understanding
Animals have a brain.
In this activity, students will learn about the brains of some animals. They will create cut-out animal shapes and decorate them. After doing this activity, students will be able to explain that animals have a brain and describe some animal brains.
What You Will Need:
If possible, have students play the Brain Train game in Every Body Has a Brain before doing this activity.
To begin the lesson, talk about animals and their brains. Tell students: Most animals have a brain, but there are a few that don’t. Today, we are going to learn about some animal brains. Then we are going to cut out animals and decorate them.
Tell students you will continue to gather facts about animal brains and about some animals that don’t have brains. The latter include:
Most animals DO have a brain. Here are some facts about animal brains. Discuss these facts with students. Tell students that your class will collect more information about animals and brains by playing Every Body Has a Brain, and by doing other research.
Facts to share:
Provide art centers with a project where students can cut out and decorate the animals.
If possible, extend this learning by planning a field trip to a zoo or aquarium where students can observe the animals they have been learning about!
Learn more about the Brainstem, and about animal brains, by exploring the following stories, songs, and games.
The following site includes American Sign Language (ASL) signs for animals. Sign Language provides more opportunity to communicate and share ideas.