Whose Part Do I Have?

The student identifies an animal in a picture. The student selects and names a body part on card. The student matches a body part to a specific animal. Note: This task is one of three linked tasks. The others are "Animals Piece by Piece" and "Mythical Animals" also located in Resources.  This task assesses students' ability to sort body parts into groups and describe how the groups are formed; record observations about parts of animals including wings, feet, heads, and tails; and identify parts that, when separated from the whole, may result in the part of the whole not working, such as cars without wheels, and plants without roots.

Standards & Objectives

Learning objectives: 

Students will:

  • conduct investigations
  • gather, organize, and represent data
  • formulate conclusions from investigational data
  • apply scientific principles to develop explanations

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Extension suggestions: 

Use simple line drawing of very different animals to make headbands. Photocopy each animal picture that you will use. Mount a different animal picture in the center of each headband. For each headband, you need to have two to four body part cards. Cut photocopies of animal pictures into 2-4 body parts: heads, legs, tails, wings/arms, etc., and mount each body part on an index card.

Helpful Hints

Materials needed:

  • Strips of manila paper for 6-7 headbands
  • 6-7 simple line drawings of simple animals (dog, bird, fish, frog, lizard, etc.)
  • Photocopy of each animal line-drawing
  • Tape
  • 28 index cards
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Animal Journals
  • Meter-long piece of yarn for each student with a body part card