Animal Science Project

The Animal Science toolkit is geared towards grades 3-6 and is based on curriculum written by Cornell University. The kit explores the basics of animal health through hands-on activities; it includes exploring body temperature, respiration, senses, and behavior. Activities can be used as stand-alone activities or programs could use all six activities in the curriculum.



Video: 4-H People Pellets Activity

Animal Science Project Kit Supply List

  • two digital thermometers with a protective sleeve
  • two ear scan thermometers with disposable covers
  • paper and pencil for each participant
  • cold cups (plastic or paper, just make sure they aren’t insulated)
  • two round cardboard oatmeal containers, cut so they are about two inches taller than cups
  • wood shavings (used for chicken nests)
  • feathers (can buy sterilized at craft stores)
  • hay or straw (be aware of student allergies)
  • one disease card per student: one-third of the group should have airborne cards, one-third contact/touch, and one-third insect/vector
  • eight bandanas
  • six plastic balls
  • four foam balls
  • note cards
  • have cutouts of the following body parts available in craft foam, felt or colored paper.
    Label each part:

    • dog: mouth and nose/nasal cavity, pharynx and epiglottis, trachea, lungs, diaphragm
    • fish: mouth, gill filaments/gills, pharynx, gill openings.
    • bird: beak/nostril/mouth, lungs, five pairs of air sacs, abdominal muscles
  • three stopwatches
  • yarn
  • masking tape
  • box with a hand-sized hole on one side
  • cloth large enough to cover box
  • film canisters or other small opaque containers (one per student)
  • cotton balls
  • different extracts (almond, banana, peppermint, vanilla, etc.)
  • wire coat hanger with a rubber band tied to each corner (one per two students)
  • plastic coat hanger with a rubber band tied to each corner (one per two students)
  • pirate eye patch (or you can use a large dark plastic spoon)
  • party blower for each student, try to find the ones that don’t make noise
  • lightweight plastic fly or picture of a fly on a small wad of paper
  • ten-inch (10″) tall thin column (metal paper towel holder)
  • samples of various types of pelleted pet food with a nutritional label (choose gourmet offerings that contain: people food like fruits and vegetables).
  • pre-made bingo cards with fruits and vegetables (make your own or use pre-fab)
  • six scissors
  • six rolling pins
  • spoons
  • food service gloves
  • sandwich-sized plastic bags that zip closed
  • grains: pre-measured cup bags of corn, rice, and oat cereal, will need two bags of each grain per group
  • proteins: Bowls of powdered milk, soy nuts or sunflower seeds, will need two of each per group
  • energy: squirt bottles of honey and maple syrup
  • flavors: Raisins and chopped dried apples
  • index cards labeled: ―Energy‖ ―Protein‖ ―Flavor‖ and ―Grains‖ (one per group)
  • ingredient label from a human meal replacement bar or drink