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Kids love animals but sometimes have trouble remembering what makes an animal a mammal or an amphibian or an invertebrate. This packet has fun activities to teach your students all about animal classification!
I begin this unit by showing 14 slides to my students. Rather than telling them what a mammal is, I’ll show them the pictures of mammals that I have on each slide and ask them if they can figure out the characteristics that make mammals mammals or reptiles reptiles, etc. The 14 slides are:
-What is an invertebrate
-Examples of invertebrates
-The 5 types of vertebrates (mammals, amphibians, fish, reptiles, birds)- For each group, there is 1 slide with pictures and 1 slide describing animal characteristics in simple terms
-19 slides – We then play the game “Invertebrate or Not?” where I show the students an animal and they must guess whether or not it’s an invertebrate
Animal Classification Egg Hunt
- 32 little pictures of animals that hatch from eggs, tuck them into colorful plastic eggs and hide them around the classroom or outdoors! Reinforces the concept that birds are not the only animals that hatch from eggs. Student worksheet included.
-10 page Animal Classification booklet – Each page describes the animals in simple terms (invertebrates and each of the 5 vertebrates). Students can draw an animal on each page. I’ve included simple drawings they can copy if they need to! The last 2 pages of the book has 12 fun facts about animals.
-Animal Classification Matching Game, 12 cards total: 6 pictures of animals (1 from each group: invertebrate, mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, birds) along with 6 cards with the classification group on them. Students take turns turning over 2 cards, trying to match up the photo with the correct word.
-Make a classroom zoo project! 6 signs included (see photo). All students fill out animal brochure and put it in the proper zoo exhibit. Brochure info students will need to fill out: photo of animal, correct classification, one interesting fact. Please see thumbnail photo. Tour the zoo student worksheet included and I've also included a list of 30 interesting animals to assign to your students for the zoo brochure. Parent letter included if you choose to send this home as a HW assignment.
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