But when the “Moon goes down, sun grows round. Hello, forest day…Whittle and rap, woodpeckers tap.”
The book Forest Bright, Forest Night introduces children to animal behavior through catchy rhymes.
The book’s illustrations dramatically show the difference between day and night as reader actually FLIPS the book over—one way shows day, the other way shows night.
LESSON PLAN: Classify It!
In this lesson children first classify animals by their sleeping habits: nocturnal (awake at night) and diurnal (awake during the day). Then children sort ALL of the animals according to their family: mammal, bird, reptile, insect, or amphibian.
Suggested Grade Level: K-2rf
- A copy of the book, Forest Bright, Forest Night
- Chart/butcher paper or chalk board/white board with the headings: mammal, bird, fish, insect, amphibian, reptile
- Tell students that scientists often group objects, plants and animals by common characteristics so they can be more easily studied and understood.
- Show students the cover of the book Forest Bright, Forest Night. Discuss the title and the animals.
- Read the story aloud and ask children to identify the waking and sleeping animals on each page.
- After reading the story, refer to the chart created on butcher paper with the headings: mammal, bird, fish, insect, amphibian, reptile.
- Explain that each category has certain characteristics. Mammals have fur. Birds have feathers and beaks. Reptiles have scales. Insects have six legs. Fish live under water and have gills. Amphibians live near water and have moist skin.
- Go through the pages of Forest Bright, Forest Night a second time, and classify each animal in the book by the characteristics above.
Common Core Standards (ELA K-2)
- Reading and Literature: Key Ideas and Details (K.3, 1.3, 2.3); Integration and Knowledge of Ideas (K.7, 1.7, 2.7)
Next Generation Science Standards (K-2)
- LS1.D: Information Processing
- LS4.D: Biological Evolution
- LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems.