Creepy Critters Teachers Guide Outline

Group Learning Activities
These activities are appropriate for students of all ages. Suggestions are included to adapt the activities to the student’s learning level.

Animal learning center

Animal mural

Animal match game

Animals in the news

Environmental facts

Introduction to "Creepy Critters"
Lets students know that many of the animals that have long been considered "creepy", are actually quite beneficial.

Layers of the Earth
Introduces students to the cycle through which sedimentary rock and fossils are formed.

Sediment jar activity
Helps students to visualize the formation of sedimentary rock layers.

Group study of sediment layers
Intended for mature students capable of research. Students work as group to prepare an oral presentation and visual aides to inform the rest of the class about the time period they studied.

Fossils: Records of the history of life on earth
Familiarizes students with the process by which fossils are formed.

Instant fossil activity
Elementary students will enjoy creating their own instant "fossils".

Staying wet
Students learn that a protective layer that helps to hold vital moisture inside the body, is important to all living things. Experiment: Demonstrates the need for a protective outer layer to retain body moisture. Students hypothesize about the outcome of the experiment.

Arthropod parts
Introduces students to the diversity and anatomy of insects and other arthropods.

Create a critter activity
Reinforces the material reviewed about arthropod diversity and anatomy. You may wish to prefabricate the "body" and cut out wings for younger students.

Certificate of Discovery
To be filled out and given to each student upon completion of their critter. Students may wish to color the insect border.

Arthropod scavenger hunt & Arthropod inspection directions

Arthropod scavenger hunt cards

Arthropod inspection
Students have the opportunity to view arthropod anatomy and adaptations first hand. Younger students may be asked the questions while an adult fills in the answers. Older students should work on their own.

Critter fact sheets
Familiarizes students with some of the animals presented in the live assembly program. You may wish to go over the material with younger students, have them color the animals on the sheets, and take them home to share with their parents.

You may wish to copy both factsheets supplied for each animal on either side of paper the paper for students just learning about taxonomy and scientific names.

Glossary
Familiarizes students with the terms used throughout the material. Many of the glossary terms are included in the text of the animal factsheets.

Amazing eyes
Not all animals see things the same way. Animal’s eyes have adapted to their different living conditions.

Food Chain activity
Have students number the six squares containing the sun and the five different organisms one through five. The correct sequence is as follows: 1. sun, 2. plant, 3. grasshopper, 4. frog, 5. snake, 6. hawk.

For older students you may wish to have them create a food web. Place the image of a large sun in the middle of a bulletin board. Next tack lengths of string from the center where the sun is, to the outer edge of the board. Students may draw or cut out images from old magazines (Texas Parks & Wildlife is a good one), and affix the images to the board along the lengths of string accordingly. Can any of the strings be connected?

Predator, Prey, and Scavenger
Reinforces the definitions of predator, prey and scavenger.

Creepy vision

What is an insect/reptile?

Slither vision

Scaley vision

Birdbrain vision

What is a bird/mammal?

Batty vision

Batty situations
In this section the students are asked to tell why do they think that bats hang upside-down. Answer: By hanging upside-down, bats can find places to rest or roost where other animals cannot. Therefore, they do not have to compete with other animals for space. Also, by hanging or roosting upside-down they are always in a good position for a flying start!

Wild Animals Don’t Make Good Pets!

Adopt-A-Critter
Gives students an opportunity to work together to make a difference. Students may wish to sponser a favorite animal from the program, or one of the many others Animal Edutainment cares for.

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