Children will understand how life in a tree helps a sloth meet its needs and survive.
Next Generation Science Standards:
K-LS1 Make observations of what plants and animals need to survive.
1-LS1 Animals use their external parts to survive.
rainforest, claws, algae
Use these questions to check students’ understanding and stimulate discussion:
1. Where does the sloth live? (in a tree)
2. What does the sloth eat and where does it find this food?
(It eats leaves and finds them in a tree.)
3. How does the sloth use its claws?
(Its claws wrap around branches; it hangs from trees this way. )
4. If you were a sloth, would you want algae on your fur?
(Yes. Green algae would help you hide from danger in the green leaves.)
Go online to print or project the Reading Checkpoint.
Materials: pencils, copies of the skill sheet, watch or smartphone for timing kids
Overview: Kids will practice science skills of recording and comparing as they get moving.