This product contains 85 pages of activities and resources for teaching about the classification of vertebrates. Included in the zipped download are the following 2 separate files:
* Animal Classes Poster Set (10 pages total): Ten illustrated posters are included. Each poster includes a photo (full color versions) or illustration (black and white versions) of a member of each class of animal. Each photo or illustration is labeled with the characteristics of the class of animal featured. A full color and a black and white version are included for each class of animal. Posters measure 8.5”x11”.
* Where Do I Belong? A Study of the Classification of Vertebrates: This file contains 77 pages designed to provide a comprehensive study of the 5 classes of vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish). Within the file are the the following sections:
1) Introduction to Animal Classes (42 pages total) - For each of the 5 classes of vertebrates, four distinct activities are included:
What is a ____? These one page nonfiction articles describe the characteristics of each class of vertebrates. The articles can be used as springboards for the other activities, and as an introduction to each classification.
Welcome to Our Class! - For each class of animal, students complete a printable tree map listing what animals in the class are, have, and can do. The nonfiction articles can be used to complete the tree maps. Students then sort a set of picture cards to determine which animals belong to that class.
Animal Job Application - Students are asked to evaluate 6 different animals to determine whether they are members of the given class, based on the characteristics of the class. (1 page per animal class)
Interactive Activities - Students will complete an interactive model of a member of each class of animal in its habitat. Two pages of reproducible pieces are included for each animal. Detailed instructions for completing the activities and pictures of a completed project are included.
As a bonus, a full color poster is included for each classification. These posters can be used as dividers in interactive notebooks or binders, as part of a bulletin board display, or as part of an anchor chart about each class of animal.
2) Interactive Notebook pages (7 pages total) - Six foldables are included for student reference: one vocabulary foldable and 5 animal classification foldables (1 for each class of animal). The foldables are designed to be used in students' interactive notebooks. Also included is a mini-booklet illustrating the characteristics of animals in each classification. The pages can be printed and assembled into a booklet or pasted individually into students' interactive notebooks.
3) Critical Thinking Activities (7 pages total) - The included critical thinking activities are designed to be used after students have been introduced to all 5 classes of animals. Two types of activities are included: Where Do I Belong? On each of these 2 worksheets, students read paragraphs about 3 unusual animals. They are asked to use the information from the paragraphs as well as what they know about animal classification to determine into which class each animal belongs. Students must cite information from the text to justify their conclusions. Featured animals are: duck-billed platypus, moray eel, kiwi, pteranodon, narwhal, and newt. Just What IS It? Students choose one of six included Mythical Creatures cards. These cards contain information about mythical creatures including Pegasus, dragons, mermaids, griffons, hippocampus, and harpies. After choosing and reading a card, students use the information on the card as well as what they have learned about the classes of animals to complete a chart about the characteristics of the creature. They must then use the characteristics and inferences they make to determine the classification of the mythical creature.
4) Performance Based Assessment (4 pages total) - A final project is included as a performance assessment. Students are asked to imagine that they are scientists who have discovered a new and unique species of animal. They must complete 3 activities based on the new species they have discovered. The activities include: Creating a detailed diagram of the species, including labels and a name for the animal. Creating a 3D model of the animal in its native habitat. Writing a scholarly article about their discovery. The article must describe the animal's specific characteristics, and students must use the characteristics to identify the class into which the animal belongs. Student reproducibles and a grading rubric are included.
Answer keys are also included where applicable (15 pages total).
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by Rebecca Bettis