Science: Nocturnal Animal Unit


We chose a few Oregonian animals to compare and contrast:

Main Animals Researched:

Bats, owls, beaver, slugs, bobcats, Northern flying squirrels,

Briefly discussed: skunks, possums, deer, raccoons

We looked at nonfiction texts and at some online animal sites to collect the information that we needed to answer a few basic questions about each nocturnal animal:

Are they mammals? (Or birds? Insects? amphibians?

What do they look like?

What do they eat?  (herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore?)

Where do they live?


Kind of house?

How do beavers make their home?

What do they do in the winter?

Fly south?


Grow heavier fur?

How do they move?


Fly?                                                                Each student made

Walk?                                                             a night animal

Swim?                                                             counting book.


Common Core State Standards: Science      

K.1P.1   Compare and contrast characteristics of living and non-living things.

K.2P.1 Examine the different ways things move.

K.3S.1 Explore questions about living and non-living things and events in the natural world.

K.3S.2 Make observations about the natural world.

K.4D.1 Create structures using natural or designed materials and simple tools.

As a culminating activity,

students joined with a

friend to draw a

nocturnal animal and

paint it for our mural.

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