1. The program begins with a brief introduction to Southeast Arizona National Parks and the presenting ranger.
2. We then discuss what makes something an animal and why they are important.
3. Next, we cover five groups of vertebrates, act out animal behaviors, and have a quiz to reinforce what we've learned.
4. Participants then sing a vertebrates song with the presenter.
5. We finish by reading a story about javelinas.
In this program, participants will:
- Compare animals that have backbones (vertebrates) with animals that do not (invertebrates)
- Learn about five groups of vertebrates through a sing-along and quiz
- Hear a story about javelinas, which are native to the deserts of Arizona and other areas of the southwest
Next Generation Science Standards
K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
1-LS1-1.A Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
Arizona State Science Standards
K.L1U1.6: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how organisms use different body parts for survival.
K.L1U1.7: Observe, ask questions, and explain how specialized structures found on a variety of animals (including humans) help them sense and respond to their environment.
1.L2U1.8: Construct an explanation describing how organisms obtain resources from the environment including materials that are used again by other organisms.
1.L4U1.10: Develop a model to describe how animals and plants are classified into groups and subgroups according to their similarities.