Grade Levels: K-3

In this set of activities, adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for reinforcing learning about mammals. They are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Mammals topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, interactive games, printable activities, and more.

Classroom Activities for Teaching About Mammals

Mammal Make-A-Map Brainstorm

Before watching the Mammal movie, prompt students to brainstorm what they know about mammals. Open the Make-a-Map feature from the Mammals topic page and select the spider map template. Add students’ ideas to the map and get them thinking about the topic. Then watch the movie within Make-a-Map, pausing as facts are presented. Add any new information to your map.

Mammal Fact Cards

Brainstorm different mammals with students, making sure to include some unusual species. Then write the the mammals on scraps of paper and put them in a hat. Have pairs draw a mammal and conduct research on its habitat, appearance, adaptations, and its predators. Using their research, have them create fact cards about their mammal. They may want to draw a picture or find photographs to include on their cards. Pairs can present their fact cards to the class. Then have pairs compare and contrast their mammals with another mammal by using a Venn diagram.

Adaptation Identification

Write different animal adaptations on a small pieces of paper and place them in a hat. The adaptations might be camouflage, long tusks, sharp claws, long tails, migration, hibernation, etc. Have students pick an adaptation and identify an animal that utilizes it. How does this adaptation help the animal survive? How does this adaptation help the animal thrive in its environment?


Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Mammals

Mystery Mammal

Play a game of Twenty Questions focusing on mammals. Begin by thinking of a mammal your child is familiar with. Invite him or her to ask you questions about the mammal that you can answer with a simple yes or no. Your child should keep asking questions until he or she is able to figure out the mystery mammal. Then have you your child think of a mystery mammal so you can ask the questions.

A Trip to the Zoo or Farm

Take a trip to a local zoo or farm with your child. As you explore, have your child take photos of the mammals you see. Encourage him or her to explain why the animal is a mammal. Then have your child create a list or a photo montage of the mammals. Be sure your child includes facts about each mammal. If you don’t live near a zoo or farm, you can visit a local library and explore materials that feature mammals.

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