Spring Lesson Plan #2: Grade K-2 (Forks, Knives and... Feet?)


Forks, Knives and… Feet?

This lesson encourages students to explore the wide variety of ways that animals have to feed themselves. Students will use their senses to observe various animals, identify and describe the feeding strategies that they observe, record their observations, and begin to understand the diverse feeding strategies that animals possess. Two alternate activity sheets are provided for you to use at your discretion and each one can easily be tailored. Please see the section the 'Helpful Information‛ on the PDF for further information. (There are both BINGO and Scavenger Hunt variations to this activity.)

Students Will Be Able To:

[1] identify and describe at least 3 different feeding strategies

[2] compare and contrast various feed strategies

[3] record information from their observations

We highly recommend allowing the students time for free exploration. The Aquarium is a highly stimulating environment and if students are not given this time to roam and discover then they may be distracted and overexcited throughout the more structured part of this lesson. This also provides a chance for students to tune-in to the theme of the lesson, so remind them to keep their eyes peeled for animals that share common characteristics. Ensure students remain within their small groups, accompanied by adult chaperones at all times.


Gallery Exploration (60-75 min). In small groups, have students explore the Aquarium galleries searching for the various feeding strategies. Students doing the bingo activity will cross out any animals on the sheet that they come across.

Chaperones should engage students in discussions about the specific feeding strategies that they come across on the bingo sheet.

  • How does the sea otter get to the juicy part of the sea urchin?

  • How does this animal's physical body compare to your own?

  • What type of food might this animal be eating?

     Students doing the scavenger hunt activity will print the name of the animal that matches the description on the sheet.

    Class Regroup (10 min). Return to the pre-arranged meeting spot and have the students share some of the interesting feeding strategies that they found. Please refer to the ‘Helpful Information’ section for suggested meeting spots.

Pro Tips

  • To avoid too many students trying to look at one exhibit/gallery at the same time, have different groups start at different geographic zones within the Aquarium (REMEMBER: Students under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times, including in the 4D theatre)

  • This activity works best as a review of scientific concepts explored in class prior to a Vancouver Aquarium visit. Students should be familiar with the concepts of the needs of living things, and the importance of adaptations in aiding survival.

  • If you choose to have students completing activity sheets, then provide them with clipboards so they have a hard surface on which to draw and/or write.

Learning Objectives

Big Idea:

  • Science: Plants and animals have observable features (Grade K)
  • Science: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment (Grade 1)
  • Science: living things have life cycles adapted to their environment (Grade 2)

Curricular Competencies:

  • Science: Represent ideas and observations by drawing (Grade K)
  • Science: Students make exploratory observations using their senses (Grade K)
  • Science: Students communicate observations and ideas using oral or written language, drawing or role-playing (Grade 1 and 2)
  • Science: Students make and record observations (with predictions through discussions) (Grade 1 and 2)


  • Science: Adaptations of local animals that help them to meet their basic needs (Grade K)
  • Science: the classification of living and non-living things (Grade 1)
  • Science: Structural features and behavioural adaptations of animals in the local environment (Grade 1)
  • Science: Understanding the similarities and differences between offspring and parent. (Grade 2)

Download the attached PDF here for the full lesson plan. Included in the document are suggestions for pre-visit preparation, working with chaperones, and tailoring the activity to suit your needs.

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