This unit introduces children to useful and harmful animals. It is intended to help children grasp the concept that some animals and insects are helpful to humans while others are considered harmful. It includes information about common animals that are useful, as well as some insect helpers and guests, using hands-on activities, videos, and other resources. This unit is intended to last for one week, depending on how often you teach science.
|All About Bats||(no rating)|
Bats are often thought of as scary and sometimes harmful; however, they are actually useful animals. Read about them on this page to help children learn more about these animals and why they are beneficial.
|The Harmful Snail||(no rating)|
Snails may be fun to look at as they slowly glide along carrying their shell on their back, but they also can be considered harmful animals. This page explores common reasons why snails are pests.
Most people know about bees and pollination, but did you know they clean up too? Learn how honey bees help us by cleaning and grooming themselves.
Aphids are typically considered harmful insects or pests. This page provides information about aphids including how and why they are harmful and the damage they can cause to plants.
|Common Useful Animals||(no rating)|
This is a list of the most commonly known domesticated animals that are considered useful.
|Insect Reference Page||(no rating)|
Here children can learn more about different types of insects, from what they look like and eat to how they harm or hurt us.
|Useful Animal Reference Page|
This site can help teach children about animals that are beneficial to humans. Click on the pictures to discover information and cool facts about each of these useful animals.
|Harmful Animal Reference Page|
This site can help teach children more about animals that are considered harmful. Click on the pictures for more information and facts about each of these harmful animals.
|You've Got Bats||(no rating)|
Learn some interesting facts about bats.
|Create an Insect||(no rating)|
Read about insects, observe them in nature, and create one at home. This activity can help children learn more about insect bodies. It also encourages curiosity and builds on observational skills.
|Foods for Flying Mammals||(no rating)|
Create a 3-D science project that shows bats' eating habits.
|Snail Locomotion||(no rating)|
Learn about the unique way that snails move.
|Insect Pests and Guests||(no rating)|
Use this worksheet to learn more about useful and harmful insects.
|Pest Enemies||(no rating)|
Here children can learn that even some insect pests have natural enemies too.
|Beneficial Animals||(no rating)|
Are all the animals on this page beneficial? Click to find out!
|Harmful Animals||(no rating)|
Are all the animals on this page harmful? Click to find out!
|Bug Games||(no rating)|
Play some of these exciting games and watch fun videos to learn more about bugs!
|The Snail Zombie||(no rating)|
Children can watch this video to see how a parasite can affect a garden snail.
|Praying Mantis Video||(no rating)|
The praying mantis gets its name by the way it holds its forearms. Children can watch this video to learn about the useful praying mantis.
List of any helpful books, games, toys, kits, lapbooks, curriculum, etc., that may be purchased to enhance the learning experience: