Life Systems – Focusing on Animals
(plants only as related to animal needs)

Grade 1- Characteristics and Needs of Living Things

  1. Movement and Behaviour in humans and other animals
  2. Nutritional Requirements
  3. Basic aspects of growth


Tech. – 1 Observe, using all 5 senses…
1 Describe their observations as accurately as possible…
(draw and label sheets!!!)

Overall Expectations:

  1. Basic Needs of Animals (Food, Water, Air, Space, Mental Exercises)
  2. Characteristics/Needs of Animals
  3. Animals depend on Environment to meet basic needs (relate to human environment and needs, and relate to zoo’s role as provider of needs and env.)




1.  Touch table with different animal artefacts and materials.  Have a sheet for students to fill out, individually or in small groups, and then hand-in.  (specific expectation (sp.exp.))

  1. Language expectations…

2.  Take A Walk – at zoo, school, neighbourhood.  Can be different themes, can be recorded on sheets.  (ex. Silent Walk – walk quietly, without speaking, listen carefully, make as little noise as possible to discover how many different animal sounds you hear.  Ex. ABC walk – make a list of Abiotic (non-living, natural) objects, Biotic (living or once alive) creatures, Cultural (human made) objects.  Ex. Mammal, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians  OR  Predator/Prey circle  OR  Carnivore, Herbivore, Omnivore  OR  Shape/Colour walk…)
– Language expectations
3.  (Look over zoo signs to ensure that specific info. is avail.)  Find 3 animals that share a characteristic…  ex. 3 animals that can fly, 3 animals that like to swim, 3 animals that eat fruit…
– Language expectations
4.  Environmental Poetry – Find 10 different colours and 5 different sounds in immediate surroundings.  Each line of poetry should include a colour or sound and where they are in relation to the poet, (i.e. the cry of a peacock in the tree beside me, the brown of a capybara swimming in the pond, red of the barn wall across the road …).
– Language expectation