Vertebrates and Invertebrate Classification Unit
This unit focuses heavily on teaching four vocabulary words: classify, trait, vertebrate, and invertebrate. The teacher is given a step-by-step framework for how to teach these words explicitly. The students create graphic organizers using their knowledge of the words. Students have the opportunity to creating a folding organizer, sort animals, and complete a scavenger hunt.
The unit includes explicit lesson plans, graphic organizers, graphic organizers, reflection questions, and an assessment. Answer keys are included where appropriate.
This unit also helps to meet the following Common Core Standards:
Anchor Standard 4:
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Reading Standards for Informational Text
RI 3.4 – Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.