This lesson of drawing animals for kids a lesson in writing strong, clear descriptions. After being introduced to some of the world’s most unique animals, students will create a description of an animal no one has ever seen before.
The fun comes when viewing the illustrations students draw based on their classmates’ descriptions! Begin this lesson by asking students to think about the most unique real animals they know. Give them a minute or two to picture the animal and to create — in their minds — a clear and vivid description of the animal, its habitat, and its unique characteristics. Then arrange students into pairs so they can share their ideas about unique real animals they have seen — in person or on TV — or read about. After a couple minutes, merge pairs of students to create groups of four students.
Give them a few minutes to discuss the unique real animals they are picturing. Challenge them to choose a single unique animal to represent their group. Finally, take a few minutes to let student groups share their ideas about the most unique real animals that wander Earth. What was the most unique animal about which students talked?
Does its uniqueness match up to the uniqueness of any of these animals? List these animals names on a board or chart. Do any of the students know anything about these animals? Tell students that you are going to share a short paragraph about each of the animals that includes information about the animal’s appearance, its habits, and its habitat. Ask them to try to picture the animal in its habitat as you read. Ask them to consider which of the animals they find most fascinating.
This salamander is the largest salamander in the world. It lives along mountain streams and lakes in China. The salamander can grow to be 6 feet long and weigh more than 60 pounds. It has a large head, small eyes, and dark, pinkish wrinkly skin. The salamander has very poor eyesight, but it can catch insects, frogs, and fish by sensing the slight vibrations they make. This sea creature, which can grow to be 6 inches long, was discovered in the South Pacific Ocean in 2005.