Lesson 2: Animal Attributes

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How can we describe things by similarities and differences?
  • What makes things similar or different?
  • How can objects, people, and animals be both similar and different?
  • What are the attributes of animals?

Facts and Definitions

  • Some animals walk on two legs, and some walk on four legs.
  • Fur, scales, and feathers are all coverings for animals.
  • Wings, fins, and legs help animals move.


  • Develop and use vocabulary associated with properties of materials (color, size, shape, and texture) (S)
  • Observe and describe the properties of different kinds of objects (clay, wood, cloth, paper, etc.) and how they are used (S)
  • Compare attributes of two objects (size, color, weight, height, length, and texture) (M)
  • Write numbers 1-30 (M)
  • Sort and classify objects by attributes (M)


  • Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats by Jim Arnosky* (Activity 2 - optional)
  • 2 stuffed animals
  • colored pencils or markers* (Activity 2 - Option 1)
  • scissors* (Activity 2 - Option 1)
  • scissors* (Activity 3 - Option 1)

* - denotes an optional material that may or may not be needed


Materials: 2 stuffed animals
Explain to your child that animals can be similar in some ways and different in other ways. Get two of your child's stuffed animals and ask him to explain how they are alike and different.