This product is dedicated to teaching students the basic classifications of animals, and is targeted toward 1st - 2nd grade.
Download the preview to see pictures of everything, as well as a few FREE printables - - including 2 craftivities (a peacock and a whale), and game and activity suggestions for teaching different classifications.
Classifications included are warm blooded versus cold blooded, vertebrate versus invertebrate, amphibians, birds/aviary, fish, mammals, and reptiles.
Cards prepared with clip art from Artistic Education Clip Art, that are intended for sorting and classification games.
Booklets that students complete with their own writing and illustrations (or cutting and pasting), covering the topics of amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles. These booklets have dotted lines for students tor write important vocabulary, or to teach students what to focus on in each topic - - in order to help them better retain information.They cover key classification features for different types of animals. For example, they learn that MOST fish swim, but that some actually fly! They learn whether or not an animal lays eggs, and what type of covering they have. They also learn whether the animal is warm blooded or cold blooded. (They learn about animal's vertebrate/invertebrate classification in its own unit).
In the Mammal booklet, they learn about several sub-classifications, if only briefly, including canines, marsupials, rodents, equines, and primates.
Fish craftivity involves students choosing a different type of fish body (terminal, sub-terminal, up-pointing, and specialized (these are explained in the product). They then add the fins and tails, and information is included to explain what the purpose of each body part is (including the type of mouth/body they chose for their fish).
Frog craftivity, including frog clip art and frog life cycle from Kari Bolt's clip art.
Salamander craftivity, including a salamander life cycle!
Alligator/ Crocodile craftivity
Classification activities are included for EACH animal classification: amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles. They are specially sized to be able to be cut and pasted to the back of the animal craftivities. Students must circle the criteria that pertains to the animal they are studying at hand. Other features that do NOT relate to the animal classification are also included to choose from, and they must circle what DOES apply. ANSWER KEYS are included for each of these craftivities.
At the end, students are assigned to become a zoologist for the day. They are given an animal mix up of clip art animals and habitats. They must put the animals in their correct habitats. This activity could be modified for centers, if you laminate the habitats and animal clip art. They will have an aviary/bird exhibit, aquarium, herpitology exhibit, and a mammal exhibit where they must either place the animal clip art appropriately OR provide the appropriate signage for the displays. My own Kindergartner had a blast with putting the animals where they belong!
My children LOVED this unit. They indulged in the craftivities, and took ownership of the animals they made. Enjoy!