These activities introduce the idea of classification of animals. It starts with a team brainstorm session of vertebrate animals. Next, students research the characteristics scientists use to classify the 5 vertebrate groups. The third lesson has students branch out to invertebrate animals. They are challenged to group the animals according to some system of their own choosing such as locomotion, body covering, habitat. The final extension is to create a new animal with structures that help it survive in an environment and write a newspaper article about its discovery.
This packet includes student recording pages, teacher background, color and black and white reproducible animal cards, and rubrics for assessment.
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A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
LS1.A: Structure and Function- How do the structures of organisms enable life’s functions?
By the end of grade 2. All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air
By the end of grade 5. Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.