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Animal Classification (An ELA and Science Unit)

Jane Loretz
Grade Levels
1st - 3rd
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Animal Classification (An ELA and Science Unit)

These wonderful activities go along great with any animal unit. They are especially great to support and enhance your science lessons on animal groups.

The reader theater scripts are two part scripts that focus on information about each animal group. There are 6 animal groups highlighted: mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, amphibians and birds. The students can take turns being the different animals, learn new vocabulary and work on their reading fluency at the same time. Your students will want to perform these scripts to one another.

Besides the reader theater scripts included in this unit are worksheets that focus on comparing and contrasting, vocabulary, fact and opinion, true and false, and categorizing.


-A sorting activity where students sort pictures and facts under the correct animal group.

-Animal classification cards where students write the characteristics of that animal group on fun mini cards.

-6 posters that include the characteristics of that animal group.

-Animal vocabulary cards and a mini dictionary where student write the definitions and the words in sentences to learn these new words. If your students love animals they will love learning and categorizing these animals.

This unit is engaging and fun and combines science with reading and writing strategies

*added on May 12, 2014 a poster on arachnids and arthropods and additional animal classification cards to go along with those animal groups, to help enhance individual curriculum.

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Happy teaching and Enjoy! Jane

Total Pages
99 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.


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