KG & First Grade students continue to expand their vocabulary and awareness by observing and describing the natural world around them. They can make simple observations about color, size, shape and features. Does the animal have feathers or fur? Is the plant short or tall? Prickly or soft? Students hear stories at this age that give animals traits they do not have. Student become aware that plants and animals have different needs and that some animals eat plants. Students learn about what animals eat and basic nutrition. They learn about adaptions animals make to their environment such as color of fur or shape. Students start to become aware at this age of the difference between these “fables and folk-tales” and what animals and plants are really like. Specific lessons include: animal observations, identification of body parts, fables and fact stories, essentials of survival, habitat, adaptations, diet and nutrition, basic food webs and plant-animal relationships.