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Lesson Title: Exploring Mammals: Characteristics and Subclasses

Grade Level: 6th Grade

Lesson Objectives: 1. Students will be able to identify and describe the characteristics of mammals. 2. Students will understand the three subclasses of mammals and their differences. 3. Students will explore the diversity of mammals through a video resource.

Materials Needed: - Whiteboard or chart paper - Markers or colored pencils - Internet access and a device to play the video resource - Worksheets or graphic organizers (optional)

Lesson Duration: Approximately 45 minutes


  1. Introduction (5 minutes):
    • Begin the lesson by asking students what they know about mammals. Write their responses on the whiteboard or chart paper.
    • Explain that mammals are a diverse group of animals that share certain characteristics. Today, we will explore these characteristics and learn about the three subclasses of mammals.
  2. Characteristics of Mammals (10 minutes):
    • Discuss the following characteristics of mammals: a. Warm-blooded: Mammals have a constant body temperature, which allows them to live in various environments. b. Hair or fur: Mammals have hair or fur covering their bodies, which helps them regulate body temperature and protect their skin. c. Mammary glands: Mammals have mammary glands that produce milk to nourish their young. d. Live birth: Most mammals give birth to live young, although a few lay eggs. e. Breathe air: Mammals have lungs and breathe air.
    • Encourage students to provide examples of mammals that exhibit each characteristic.
  3. Subclasses of Mammals (15 minutes):
    • Explain that mammals are divided into three subclasses based on their reproductive methods: a. Monotremes: These are egg-laying mammals, such as the platypus and echidna. They are the most primitive subclass of mammals. b. Marsupials: These mammals give birth to relatively undeveloped young, which then continue to develop in a pouch. Examples include kangaroos, koalas, and opossums. c. Placentals: These mammals give birth to fully developed young, which are nourished in the womb through a placenta. The majority of mammals, including humans, fall into this subclass.
    • Discuss the unique characteristics and examples of each subclass.
    • Use visual aids or drawings to help students understand the differences between the subclasses.
  4. Video Resource (15 minutes):
    • Introduce a video resource that showcases the diversity of mammals. You can use a pre-selected video or search for one that suits your students’ interests and comprehension level.
    • Play the video and encourage students to observe and take notes on the different types of mammals they see.
    • After the video, facilitate a brief discussion to highlight the variety of mammals and their adaptations.
  5. Conclusion (5 minutes):
    • Recap the main points of the lesson, emphasizing the characteristics of mammals and the differences between the three subclasses.
    • Ask students to share one interesting fact they learned about mammals during the lesson.
    • Encourage students to explore more about mammals on their own and share their findings in the next class.

Optional Extension Activities: 1. Worksheet or Graphic Organizer: Provide students with a worksheet or graphic organizer to categorize different mammals into the three subclasses and list their unique characteristics. 2. Research Project: Assign students a specific mammal to research and create a presentation or poster highlighting its characteristics, habitat, and adaptations.

Video Resource: Title: “Mammals: A Diverse Group” Link: [Insert video link here]

Note: Ensure that the video resource is age-appropriate and aligns with your school’s guidelines for online content.