Meet the Mammals Mini-Lesson

Use this slideshow to introduce students to the diverse world of mammals: particularly useful before a unit on classification or before exploring specific characteristics of mammals.
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Eyewitness: Mammal
Eyewitness: Mammal
Steve Parker

Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the natural world of mammals, offer a unique "eyewitness" view of the natural history of mammal behavior and anatomy through stunning real-life photographs.

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Objective
Students will learn there is great diversity among the different orders of mammals.
Suggested Time
15 minutes
Reading Level
Upper Elementary
Meet the Mammals Mini-Lesson

Teacher Background

There are around 4,000 species (types) of mammals. Because of the number of domestic species, and the popularity of mammals in zoos,
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Print or Project

  • A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
  • Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work.(Example: Do you think the caption "Pouch Pals" is a good one for the photo of the wallabies? Why or why not?)
Continue the Conversation
Ask students to think of some mammals they've seen in the last week. (Examples include dogs, cats, hamsters, etc.) If no one mentions it, remind students that they are mammals, too. Ask students why they think animals in this group are so diverse. Encourage them to think about how different traits help animals survive in their environments.
Write about it
Tell students to pretend they get to pick four mammals that will live in a new zoo. Have each student write a brief description about their mammal picks—including why their choices would be good to include in the zoo.

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Word Power Vocabulary
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to mammals by using each defined word in a sentence.

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