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Students explore animal classifications. In this Science instructional activity, students classify animals within a zoo. Students make a presentation about an animal from the zoo.
First graders explore different animal classifications.
Students classify animals. In this animal classification instructional activity, students identify characteristics from each of the 5 categories of vertebrates. Students group animals by categories.
The perfect activity to follow a class field trip to the zoo! Young scientists use photos of different animals to observe their characteristics and sort them into appropriate categories. Learners can come up with all kinds of categories as long as they justify their thinking. informational texts can act as good supplemental materials for this exercise as well as good texts to share with older reading buddies. Finally, learners will create animal classification collages!
Students are introduced to the concept of classification as it relates to objects, information, and characteristics.  In this classification lesson, students research a variety of animals. Students study the Linnaeus's system of classifying plants and animals on seven levels. Students use the scientific classification system to identify a plant or animal and make significant connections regarding the Latin root based language of each term.
Learners view and discuss animal books, pictures and vocabulary,. They sort and classify animal cards, then organize information to develop animal reports.
After completing a unit on animal classification and attending a field trip students e-mail a trusted adult with some information about animal classification. They detail what they have learned about classifications of animals, insects and birds.
In this animal classification worksheet, learners fill in charts with the names and characteristics of animals. They fill in 10 blanks with words that describe amphibians, reptiles, fish, and arthropods.
Introduce the logic behind a dichotomous key or administer a group performance assessment with a fun and challenging classification lesson. With explicit instructions for the teacher and for collaborative groups, as well as engaging visual manipulatives, your kids will enjoy looking at the pictures of the animals they are sorting, as well as using the graphic dichotomous key. They wrap up the lesson by writing a paragraph about one of the animals that was classified. Note: Time will vary depending on the age/ability level of learners.
Third graders differentiate between vertebrates and invertebrates, and identify the main characteristics of mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. They sort and categorize different types of balls, discuss the characteristics of five types of vertebrates, and participate in a characteristic identification game.
Students recognize the six groups of animals (Mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods) and their characteristics.  For this animal characteristics lesson, students sort animals by their traits.  Students cut and paste pictures into  animal groups.
Students use taxonomy in practical setting of the zoo. They practice identifying animals using their knowledge and understanding of taxonomy, phylum characteristics, and binomial nomenclature.
Third graders work in small groups to investigate how to sort a variety of items into groups and subgroups. They work on a class chart based on the activity which show how the items are classified based on commonalities. Upon completion of the classification exercise, they complete a KWL chart about Animal Classification. Finally, they discuss the reasons why scientists classify animals and how they determine the schema for doing so.
Students participate in an on site activity about animal classification at the Minnesota Zoo. While at the zoo and on the different trails, students answer questions about different animals found in each trail. They also choose any animal to watch for 10 minutes and record their observations and draw a picture of the animal.
Students participate in an animal classification activity from the Minnesota Zoo. Using a list of animals form a word bank, they identify animals pictured on a worksheet and discover they are all the different types of Vertebrate animals in the classification system.
Learners study animal characteristics and identify animals.  In this classification lesson students examine the different invertebrates and explain their habitats.  this lesson is detailed with many activities that may be split to cover multiple lessons
Fifth graders choose an activity to help them memorize the animal classification terms according to their own "multiple intelligences" learning style. In this animal classification and study skills activity, 5th graders memorize animal classification terms by creating mnemonic devices, constructing models, writing lyrics, or other activities developed to match multiple intelligences.
In this classification worksheet, students read names of various animals and write them in the correct classification categories mammals, marsupials, insects, reptiles, monotreme, or birds and draw a picture of one animal from each category. Students answer 18 questions.
In this classifying animals activity, students use the information in the word bank to complete the T-Chart about mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods. Students write 10 answers.
Fourth graders classify animals. In this animal kingdom instructional activity, 4th graders research animal habitats and behaviors. Students connect to a zoologist via SKYPE and learn about animal classification. Students blog about preserving animal habitats and create animal project products using various technology tools.

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