Objective: Children will learn about animals’ bodies and their movement, and how they move differently from humans.
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Note: Set the hoops on the floor, allowing plenty of space for moving around the hoops away from the discussion area.
A chameleon is a type of lizard that lives in jungles and deserts. Chameleons have curly tails, large eyes, and very long tongues for catching prey. Chameleons are well known for their slow movement and ability to change color. They can change their color depending on the amount of light, the temperature, or their mood.
Animals move in many different ways. Some animals swim; others can run, swing, climb, or slither. Birds have wings that they flap to fly. Fish move by swimming using their fins and tails. Frogs have powerful back legs to help them hop or jump from place to place. Caterpillars use their bodies and tiny legs to move. Animals move at different speeds, too. Some animals are slow movers—like a chameleon, worm, or starfish. Other animals, such as a cheetah or gazelle, can move very quickly.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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