This file contains 12 different animal category related vocabulary words along with various activities and worksheets to practice the terms. The included words are: warm blooded, cold blooded, mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird, vertebrate, invertebrate, insect, arachnid, extinct.
Sort Cards: pgs. 2-4, The first card has a term, the second a photo and definition. To use these cards I do the following: print on cardstock, laminate for durability, cut the cards, mix 1 set of cards in a bag., give students the bag and allow them to match the picture and definition cards to the term cards. (The pictures help here—students know to match a picture card with a non-picture card.)
Clip Cards: pgs. 5-14 There are two different types of clip cards. The first set has eight categories of animals (mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird, insect, arachnid, invertebrate) listed around the edges with characteristics in the center. The students place a clip on each animal category that has that characteristic (for example cold blooded would be reptile, amphibian, fish, insect, arachnid and invertebrates). The second set has all 12 vocabulary words around the edge with definitions and/or pictures in the center and the students choose the one or two words that match (for example a picture of a bear would result in clipping both mammal and vertebrate).
Match It: pgs. 15-18 These cards are formatted to work with the match it boards . Just print, laminate, and cut on the indicated lines. Slide the cards into the boards and allow students to match the term with the definition using rubber bands. There are two types of cards: match the picture to the category and match the definition to the word. **Directions for making your own match up boards are included on pages 41-43.
Category Puzzles: pg. 19-22 I print and cut these apart and give students a bag with all of the pieces in it. The students then separate out the pieces to form 8 rectangular, 6 piece puzzles. Each puzzle has a left top corner piece that says the animal category (mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird, insect, arachnid, invertebrate) on one piece and the other five pieces list characteristics of that category or show pictures of animals that belong in the category.
Worksheets: pg. 23-40, cut and paste, crossword, cloze, word search, alphabetical order, scrambled words recording sheet*, assessment page
*Scrambled Words: Each word family set has twelve words so I created two egg cartons for each set. I numbered plastic eggs 1-12, and then placed letter tiles to spell a word from each set into the eggs (a different word for each egg). The students then chose an egg, unscrambled the letters, wrote the word on their paper for the corresponding number.