Help reinforce facts about classifying animals as vertebrates or invertebrates by letting your students play this fun science board game. This is a game I created to use with my 5th grade science students (in Georgia) after we have spent some time studying the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as being able to identify vertebrates as either a reptile, fish, amphibian, mammal, or bird. I feel it is also suitable for fourth and sixth grades if you are studying this topic of animal classification as part of your standards.
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What is included in this game pack? There is a colored game board. Each space on the game board is a picture of an animal. There are 22 different animals/game spaces. The name of each animal is also included on the game space. An answer key is included, so that another group member or partner can check the answer by matching the number on the game space to the number on the answer key. Game directions are also included.
Their partner or another group member will check the answer using the key. If they get it right, they get to move ahead one more space. If they miss it, they move back 2 spaces. The first one to the end wins the game.
What does the game pack look like? The game board is full color with images of aniamls for the spaces students land on. There are no game cards needed for this game. The direction card and answer sheet are half-page size. You can see this on the thumbnail images above.
How does the game work? On a student's turn, they will roll the dice one time. They will then move that many spaces. They will then look at the picture of the animal on the space where they landed. They will tell if the animal is a vertebrate or invertebrate. If they say the animal is a vertebrate, they must name whether it is a reptile, mammal, amphibian, fish, or bird. If you want to make it a tad more challenging, you can also require stuents to tell whether it is a cold-blooded or warm-blooded animal. All of this can be checked by another player using the answer key.
NOTE: I only included one fish because I felt like that one was too easy to recognize. There are only a couple of birds.
What materials do you need to play the game? You will need a dice, game markers, the animal classification game board, and the answer key.
How many kids can play? You will need at least 2 players. I typically don't have more than 4 play one of my games, but you can use a number that works best for your class.
What prep does the game take? The prep is pretty easy. Print the two pages. I would laminate all parts of the game for durability but it's not necessary in order to play. You may want to mount the game board to the inside of a file folder and then staple the directions to the other side. Keep the answer card in the folder for safe keeping until being played.
Can you tell me a few of the animals on the game board? Sure! You should be able to see a few more in the thumbnail image above.
** For example, for the animals listed above, students will tell if it is a vertebrate or invertebrate. If it's a vertebrate, they name which type. You can also have them tell if it's cold blooded or warm blooded.
This animal classification game will work perfectly as a center activity, for a Friday game day, or even for early finishers. It's also perfect to use for review before a unit test or even pull it out before state testing as a test prep activity toward the end of the year. Use this game in your classroom however you would like.
**Please, ... if you are unsure about anything with the game or you have questions, I would appreciate if you send me a message before purchasing. I want you to be happy with the activity. :-) Thank you.**
Also.... please... if you ever see that I made a mistake or an error on the answer key, please allow me a chance to get it corrected for you. If I made a typo on a game card I can get that corrected too. I can usually do so very quickly. I have two sets of eyes look at everything, but we might miss something here or there. Not much, but it can happen. Thank you ahead of time! It is greatly appreciated. Just send me a message on my Q and A, and I will get it taken care of.