|| Life Cycle of a Horse
||SCIENCE – Life Science
||How Living Things Grow and Change
||The students will be able to
- describe how organisms change as they mature and grow.
- explain that living and nonliving things have offspring that resemble their parents.
- Ask students, “Is a horse a mammal?” Spark conversation about how a horse has fur and a backbone and that they are warm blooded.
- Ask students to touch the back of their necks. Ask if they think it feels warm or cold. If you were to touch a horse, do you think that it would feel warm or cold?
- Tell children that today they are going to learn about the life cycle of a horse. Briefly review the life cycle of a sea turtle and a dragonfly.
- Show students the image above of the life cycle of a horse. Discuss the following: 1. a young horse grows inside its mother. 2. After is is born, it drinks milk from its mother. 3. An adult horse can have foals of its own.
- Extra information: A foal is weaned at 6 months. Male foals are called colts. Female foals are called fillies. A horse is mature (full grown) after three years. It is considered an adult at five years.
- Now, travel through the cycle with the students. 1. A young horse is called a foal. –> A goal grows and grows. It looks like its parents. –> The foal has become an adult horse. The adult horse is old enough to have foal of its own. –> The cycle begins again.
- Show this ArkIve link of a horse (46 seconds). When on this link, there are 6 more short clips that you can choose or not choose to show and discuss.
- Formative assessment (see below)
- Smart Borad / Internet
- Index cards
- What is a foal?
- What does a baby horse look like?
- Think of a life cycle of a horse. What can happen happen after it becomes an adult?