The Animal Kingdom Living on Planet Earth Animal Kingdom Here are some sample slides from the Living on Planet Earth series, all with audio, that will broaden your students’ understanding of life all around us in a fun and easy to use format. Animal Kingdom Some animals have bones or cartilage inside that give them shape and help them to move. If you remove all the fleshy parts of the animal you will have a skeleton. Fish All fish have vertebrae or cartilage inside that give them shape and help them to turn. Some fish have bones and cartilage, while others have only cartilage. Cartilage feels like rubber. It’s softer and more flexible than bones because it doesn’t have calcium in it. Invertebrates Body Shape There are two basic symmetrical body plans. One is circular, round, like the sea anemone and has a mouth in the center. A starfish, even with five or more arms has no head and a mouth in the center. Mammals Mammals are warm-blooded, maintaining their body temperature by eating food and drinking water. The body hairs of many species help keep the skin hydrated and the body warm. Birds Many bird species migrate to warmer climates when temperatures in their summer environments begin to cool. Reptiles Finding Food Animals that eat only plants found growing in their ecosystem are called herbivores. Most reptiles are omnivorous, eating meat if available, and plants that provide nutrition and water. Amphibians Mimicry Some frogs are able to quickly change their belly color to a bright orange or yellow. The attacking predator is suddenly confused into thinking that the frog is poisonous and turns away. Animal Kingdom Add some life to your classroom with the new Living on Planet Earth series available only on www.abcteach.com Animal Kingdom Would you like to learn more? Find a variety of fun and challenging worksheets for younger children, and stimulating writing exercises designed for upper elementary through high school on our website.