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1 Animal Babies How to use these notes These teacher notes and independent activities can be used to introduce pupils to animal babies. These activities are suitable for Reception to Year 2 pupils. All the activities included are stand-alone but by using them alongside the books in the series Animal Babies, children can explore the topics in more detail. Curriculum links EYFS Understanding the world The world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. KS1 Science Year 1 Animals, including humans Identify and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates, and including pets). Year 2 Animals, including humans Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring, which grow into adults Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air). discussion points Ask the children if they know the names of common baby animals. For example, do they know that a baby dog is called a puppy? Do they know the names for baby cats, cows, horses, goats, sheep, ducks, geese and swans? Do they know the names of any more unusual baby animals? Talk about different types of animal, such as mammals, birds, fish, minibeasts, reptiles and amphibians. Can the children name any of these types of animals? What do they already know about some of their babies? General activities Parent and baby matching game This game will give children practice recognising animal young and show that animal babies can look very different to their parents. Photocopy Activity 1 as many times as you need onto card and cut out the pictures. Give groups or pairs of children a pack of cards and see if they can match each baby to its parent. When they have finished, check the children have matched the animals correctly. Talk about how some babies look like their parents and others don t. Eggs Talk about eggs do the children know some baby animals that hatch from eggs? Talk about birds, amphibians, fish, reptiles and minibeasts. Give each child a copy of Activity 2. Ask them to choose one animal that starts life in an egg and research their chosen animal using the questions on the sheet. When the children have written their egg facts, ask them to find out what their egg looks like and draw a picture of it. You could use the children s egg sheets as part of a display about animal babies. Caring for baby animals Talk about how some baby animals need their parents to look after them and how others look after themselves. How do humans look after their babies? Give the children a copy of Activity 3. Ask children to research how baby animals are cared for in different ways using the pictures on the sheet as a prompt. Raintree Publishers This page may be photocopied for classroom use. 1

2 Websites Use these websites to find out more about animals and their babies: littlekids/animals You can find out more about different types of animal and their young on this website. Visit London Zoo s website to find out about some of the baby animals that have been born there recently. Watch video clips of many different animals on the BBC Nature website. further reading A full list of titles in the Animal Babies series: Amphibian Babies Bird Babies Fish Babies Mammal Babies Minibeast Babies Reptile Babies To view these titles, visit our website: www. raintreepublishers.co.uk Other Raintree books about different types of animals and their young include Creepy Crawlies, Sea Animals and Look Inside series. Raintree Publishers This page may be photocopied for classroom use. 2

3 Activity 1: Parent and baby matching game In this activity, there are pictures of many parents and their babies! Can you match the parent with their baby? Learning outcome: Recognise the young of different types of animals. 3

4 Activity 1: Parent and baby matching game In this activity, there are pictures of many parents and their babies! Can you match the parent with their baby? Learning outcome: Recognise the young of different types of animals. 4

5 Activity 2: Investigating eggs Choose an animal that starts out as an egg. Use the questions below to help you find out more about your animal, then write your answers in the spaces. What animal lays this egg? Where does the mother lay the egg? What does the egg look like? What hatches out of the egg? 5

6 Activity 3: Caring for baby animals Different animals care for their babies in different ways. Look at the pictures of the animals at the top of the sheet. Then write the names of the correct animals in each bubble. Carries its eggs on its back Feeds its babies with milk Builds a nest for its babies in a tree Carries its babies in its mouth 6

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