The Early Years: Feet Firstby: Peggy Ashbrook

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Kids love animals, especially learning about them. Investigating the differences among an "animal part"--such as feet--of various species can be an intriguing way to help students develop classification skills and begin to make connections about the relationship between structure and function. A corresponding activity is included.

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  • on Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:49 PM

I enjoyed reading this article! I loved how kindergartens learned about different footprints of animals with models. Students will be engaged because they have the opportunity to make their own footprint.

Kia Shields
Kia Shields

  • on Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:01 PM

Comparing body parts with different animals is a simple way to understand structure and function. Children first look at their feet and make a paint footprint. Using foot print stamps impressions of an animal’s footprint are made and ask the students to compare that print with their own. These observations can lead to an understanding of why they are different as well.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:22 PM

In this article students discover all kinds of things about feet....shapes, sizes, parts, uses, and much more. Two activities are also given. One is using footprints to discuss the animals. The other is painting students feet and then making a foot print. In today's society, I would not suggest doing this.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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