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Mythical Animals
Task with Student Directions

Kindergarten Performance Task
Developed for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Authors: Betty Crocker, Janette Fentress, Virginia Malone, Theresa Weeks, Vanessa Westbrook


Students create an imaginary animal by assembling pictures of body parts from pictures of real animals.

Time Frame:

3 to 4 (15 minute class periods)


  • Story stuch as Eric Carle's The Mixed-Up Chameleon
  • Animal pictures cut from magazines, coloring books, etc.
  • Boxes or tube labeled: arms, wings, heads, legs, tails, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Animal Journal

Advance Preparation:

Cut animal pictures from magazines or cut body parts off the animal picture and sort into the correct box or tub.


  • Students close their eyes and randomly select a head, a tail, arms or wings, and legs from the tubs. Monitor that parts are selected at random instead of allowing students to sort through and select a specific part.
  • Students arrange the random collection of body parts and draw in a body to fit with the parts. Glue the parts to the drawn body to form an imaginary animal.
  • Help record information on the imaginary animal and its parts in students' Animal Journal


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