Designer Animals Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

If you're studying animal breeding, this lesson is a great way to introduce crossbreeding and designer animals. Students will create small group charts/diagrams to show examples of crossbreeding. They'll also design their own crossbred animals to be part of the class's Designer Animal Zoo.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe crossbreeding
  • Describe how and why people use crossbreeding to produce designer animals
  • Identify examples of crossbred animals


2+hours (plus additional time for extension activity)

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


  • Printed copies of lesson
  • Printed copies of lesson quiz (if students are not completing it online)
  • Poster board
  • Art supplies
  • Materials to create a book, such as construction paper, paper, or computer and printer (for completing the extension activity)

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