This powerpoint presentation teaches students the basics of animal classification. It describes Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates and goes in depth about the 5 classes of Vertebrates: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fish. The powerpoint includes excellent photographs that reinforce the information taught.
I plan to use this powerpoint for a week (up to two weeks depending on class discussions) of science lessons. I will introduce a Class each day. The powerpoint gives information that can spark a discussion and includes some questions that students will be eager to answer.
I have had students complete a Venn Diagram comparing Reptiles and Amphibians. They use this to help them write informational pieces during Writing Workshop.
Another fun activity is to divide students into small groups or partners. Let them brainstorm and list mammals that live in the following places: hot places, cold places, jungles, farms, deserts, and grasslands. Students get into great discussions about whether animals are mammals and can be listed on their paper. This activity is best to do after all Animal Classes have been taught or they don't understand how to only choose mammals.
I also have students bring in pictures of animals from magazines, newspapers, or printed off of the internet. Students will work in small groups or with a partner to divide the animals into their correct Class.
Upper grades can use the powerpoint as an animal classification review.