My kids had sooo much fun making animal tracks with toy animals and play-doh, and learning all about animal tracks! Did you know that cat tracks look like those of an animal that walks on two feet? It is because they step with their front paws in exactly the same place as with their back paws!
Here is my lesson plan, All About Animal Tracks.
Objectives: Students will identify patterns based on representations of objects in the sky. Vocab: Crescent Moon, Full Moon, New Moon (Colorado PreK Standard: Science and Knowledge Skills 2.4)
Materials: Book: Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints by Millicent E Sesam and Marlene Hill Donnelly, plastic animals in crates, play-doh (or clay), pencils, science journals or paper to record observations
Procedure: Read Book: Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints
Say, “Today we will explore the tracks different animals make. We will use the animals in the bins to walk on the play dough. Then we will see how the animal tracks look different from each other. We can write about our observations in our science journals. “
Students work with the different animals, pressing their feet into the play-doh to create tracks. They write their observations in their science journal. You can have them draw a picture of the animal on on side of the paper, and the tracks that animal makes on the other side. They can try to spell out the name of the animal too.
Assessment: Objectives will be met when students are able to identify that different animals make different tracks.
Large Motor Connection Activity: Scavenger Hunt – Look for animal tracks outside in the snow and mud. Go on a walk and look to animal tracks, students guess what kind of animal made the tracks.