Create an exploratory situation where the children are able to observe, compare and discuss various kinds of animal body coverings. Can use photos (see websites below), books, video, and/or real samples of animal coverings with magnifiers.
Categorize pictures in groups according to outside covering e.g. all with feathers, all with skin etc. Do all the animals in each particular group live in a similar environment?
Body coverings are important as they keep the animal warm and dry, protect them from physical danger and help them hide from their enemies (camouflage).
Animals can be classified on the basis of their body coverings. Animals can have body coverings consisting of skin, fur, hair, scales, and feathers.
How are the body coverings alike? Different? How do the different kinds of coverings help the animal in its habitat or environment? (Polar bears, frogs, fish, birds etc)
How does color aid with camouflage?
How do people adapt to their environments? Do they grow more hair in order to stay warm? Do they change colors to blend in with their surroundings?
Visit a pet store or a zoo, and make a list of animals categorized in terms of body covering.
Make cut-and-paste collages with clipart. E.g. “These animals all have feathers”.
Packs and Printables:
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Do Frogs Have Fur: A Book About Animal Coats and Coverings (Animals All Around) by Michael Dahl