I created this for a high school, special education setting and use pictures of actual animals so it is age appropriate for older students, but can also be used for students of all ages.
This can be used as a cut and paste independent activity, or as a center activity. A great addition to your animal unit.
There are three categories: Ocean Animals, Zoo Animals and Farm Animals
I have included 8 colored labeled pictures of actual animals for each category. In the Ocean Animal category I included actual pictures of dolphins, sea horse, clown fish, jellyfish, killer whale, shark, sea star, and an octopus. For the Zoo Animal category I included pictures of a gorilla, elephant, zebra, giraffe, lion, hippopotamus and a panda bear. Included in the Farm Animal category there are actual pictures of a pig, chickens, horse, sheep, goat, ducks, a cow and a donkey.
Also included are three 8-frame mats that are labeled - Ocean Animals, Zoo Animals and Farm Animals.
I cut apart the animal card and laminate them, add velcro to the backs of the animal cards and put the other side of velcro in each block on the 8-frame tray.