Lesson plan

Animal characteristics - legs and bones

Look at real wood bugs, worms and a snake as well as a large mammal e.g horse. Sort the animals by the number of legs and whether they have bones, using a number line and Venn diagram Discuss and watch how all these animals move in their different ways.
Science content
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
  • materials from individual activities
  • horses or other mammal to watch
  • snake

Look at the mammal.

Look on your desks for other animals (work in pairs).
What are they? Worms and wood bugs. Have you seen them before? Where?
Any other animals in this room? A snake. Us!

Sort animals, real and images, by how many legs they have: Animal characteristics - number of legs activity.

Now we’ll look at two animal characteristics together.
Sort animals by whether they have legs and whether they have bones, and how they each move: Animal characteristics - legs and bones activity.

If other animal is a horse:
Listen to the sound of a horse walking. Now a horse trotting and galloping.
Other animals with 4 legs can do this too - you may have seen dogs doing it.

We looked at different characteristics of animals, and saw how they were all able to move in their own way.
Let’s use our muscles, bones, legs and eyes to move ourselves downstairs.


This is a half hour lesson. Needs some real bone artifacts to make more interesting.

Grades taught
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teaching Site
Horse riding stables, Richmond