June 16, 2015
By Yvette Waterman

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Please Don't Feed the Animals!

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  • Students will learn what is appropriate food for animals to eat.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask students what they like to eat. Write student answers on chart paper or the board under the "People" column.
  • Ask students if they have pets and if so what their pets eat.
  • Record responses in "Pets" column.
  • Ask students if people and pets eat the same foods. Ask why or why not. Example: animals will get sick, it's not HealthyFor the animals.
  • Ask students if they think that the animals in the zoo can eat the same foods as people. Ask why or why not.
  • See if students can name any specific foods zoo animals eat. Give examples of zoo animals to help them along.
(5 minutes)
  • Hold up one of the food pictures and ask the class to identify whether or not the food is AppropriateOr InappropriateFor zoo animals.
  • If the students identify the picture incorrectly, discuss why that food item would or would not be appropriate for zoo animals.
  • Glue picture into appropriate column.
  • Repeat the process again with another picture.
(15 minutes)
  • Continue the picture identification, but with students coming up to the chart to place pictures in the appropriate columns. Have students identify the food and state whether or not it's an appropriate zoo animal food before pasting it.
  • Repeat this process, with students volunteering, until all the pictures have been used.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students complete the Hungry Animals worksheet.
  • Walk around the class as they work to answer questions and assist struggling students.
  • Enrichment: Have students who need more of a challenge draw their own pictures and label the drawings. Give higher level students a Venn Diagram with one circle labeled "people food," the intersection labeled, "both people food and zoo animal food," and the other circle labeled "zoo animal food."
  • Support: Give struggling students the opportunity to pick from just a few, simple foods that are easy to identify.
(5 minutes)
  • Observe whether or not students are able to determine if a food is appropriate for animals, including the reasoning behind their decision.
  • Look over worksheets to assess a student's understanding of the material.
(5 minutes)
  • Gather your class to return to the circle, and review the chart grid.
  • Review the pictures on the chart grid in relation to specific animals. Example: Why grass is a healthy food for zebras? Why is fruit healthy for monkeys? Why is chocolate unhealthy for elephants?

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