If You Were an Animal – poem and teaching notes

a poem about animals and their abilities
If You Were an Animal – poem and teaching notes

If You Were and Animal is a poem that fits equally well into the English literature strand when you are studying poetry, or into the Science biology strand when you are studying living things.

Children love to read and listen to poetry. Poetry gives them a feel for the rhythms and sounds of the language, and poems like this one help to develop their imaginations.

The accompanying teacher notes provide suggestions for both English and Science.

English teaching suggestions include:

  • Rhyming words
  • Questions and statements
  • Opposites
  • Writing
  • Recitation and performance

Science teaching suggestions include:

  • Features of living things
  • Needs of living things
  • Habitats of living things