Move Like an Animal

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11576

Hop to it! Run into town! Better fly so you're not late! How do you move? How do animals move? Watch an animal video, draw some animals, and play a "Move like an animal" game with dice and get moving!


Life Science

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


How do you get around? Can you think of some ways animals get from one place to another without bikes, cars, wheelchairs, and planes?

How do you move?

Do you walk, run, hop, or slither? Show your parent or teacher some ways you can get from one place to another.

kids running

People usually walk to get where they are going, but sometimes they run, hop, or even cartwheel from place to place! Animals move in their own special ways, too. Read on to learn how animals move.


Most animals walk or run to get around. Look at the cheetah above. Cheetahs can run very fast. Did you know cheetahs can run over sixty miles per hour? That's about as fast as a car! Can you think of some animals that walk or run? Share your answers with your parent or teacher.

Great job! You shared some examples of animals that can walk or run. Some other examples of animals that walk and run are dogs, cats, cows, deer, giraffes, and zebras. There are more animals that can walk and run shown below. Can you name them? Show your parent or teacher how you can walk and run.

Birds and insects are animals that can fly. Have you ever seen a bird flying in the sky? Tell your parent or teacher about the bird you saw. Birds are lightweight animals that use their wings to fly. Insects, like ladybugs, butterflies, and beetles, use their wings to fly, too! Did you know not all birds can fly? Ostriches and penguins cannot fly. Do you know how penguins get from place to place? Share your answer with your parent or teacher.

That's right! Penguins swim. There are many animals that can swim. Can you think of an animal that can swim? Tell your parent or teacher your answer. Fish are excellent swimmers! They only live in water and use their fins to swim. Frogs can swim, too. They have webbed feet that help them swim. Can you swim?

What are some other ways animals move? Tell your parent or teacher.

Some animals hop from place to place! Kangaroos, frogs, grasshoppers, and rabbits all hop. Show your parent or teacher how you can hop.

Did you know animals can climb too? Squirrels and chipmunks use their claws to climb trees. Frogs use their sticky feet to climb up leaves and trees. Big cats, like jaguars and lions, use their strong paws and claws to climb trees. Monkeys use their tough hands to climb trees. Can you climb like animals do?

Did you know animals can move in so many ways? Tell your parent or teacher three ways animals can move. When you are finished sharing, move on to the next section to see animals moving!

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