Animal Coverings

Life Science - Plants and Animals

Animal Coverings


Core Learning Experience
+ Supplies and Equipment
Possible/Expected Discoveries
Extended Learning and Other Curriculum Areas


  • 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”.
Recording information:


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








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