Life & Living Things: Ecology Objective : Identifying the 4 basic needs of living things (animals). (Strand VIII-A2) Related Vocabulary: specific den spout (5th need - warmth) humid vegetation basic needs Activity: “Mystery Animal” Game 1. The students will listen to the clues about each living thing. 2. The students will predict what kind of living thing would fit the clues. 3. The students will associate the living thing with its’ environment. 4. The students will use the clues to identify the 4 basic needs that all living things require. 5. The students will identify a 5th need identified in the game. Process: 1. The teacher will click through each of the slides, reading the instructions to the students. 2. Each slide is self-explanatory, but the teacher should run through the lesson prior to presenting them to the students. Related Activity: Each lesson is followed by a journal activity of some kind. Living Things Identifying Basic Needs of all Living Things To Teacher Page What do all these livings things need? Let’s find out! Let’s play the “Mystery Animal” game! Rules: 1. Listen to the clues about the living thing. 2. We will do one animal at a time. 3. The clues will tell the needs of a specific living thing. 4. Write each clue & guess the living thing. I live in a den. I like to eat berries and fish. I breathe fresh mountain air. I drink fresh mountain river water. I have a thick fur coat to keep me warm. What kind of living thing am I? Do you need a hint? ------> Click here for answer Hint I live in a large body of water. I eat fish for dinner every night. I sometimes breathe fresh ocean air. I never run out of water to drink. What kind of living thing am I? I have very shiny, slippery skin over fat that keeps me warm. Click here for answer Do you need a hint? ------> Hint I live in the trees. I eat a lot of vegetation. I breathe warm, humid air. I drink from rivers near waterfalls. I fur to keep me warm in the cool rain. What kind of living thing am I? Do you need a hint? -------> Click here for answer Hint JOURNAL: • Think about all these living things. • Think about the clues you saw for each living thing. • Write about the 4 basic needs that all living things require to live. • What was the fifth need that was identified in the game? Animal 1 Hint: I sometimes climb trees and eat honey! Go back to find out. Animal Hint #2: I can spout water from an air hole. Go back to find out. Animal Hint #3 I can swing from trees. Go back to find out.