Animal Classification Teacher Resources
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Learning Animal Classifications by Writing Non-fiction Texts
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.
Pre-K - 2nd Science
Animal Classification: A Collaborative Sorting Activity for Key Stages 2 & 3
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.
4th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
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 lesson, 5th graders memorize animal classification terms by creating mnemonic devices, constructing models, writing lyrics, or other activities developed to match multiple intelligences.
5th Visual & Performing Arts
Study Jams! Invertebrates
Stringed instruments play as viewers explore ocean invertebrates through nine nicely flowing slides. The captions describe the eight phyla: cnidaria, flatworms, roundworms, segmented worms, mollusks, arthropods,and enchinoderms. During your animal classification unit, this would be a vivid example of the phylum level.
3rd - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Present information about the classification of animals. After participating in the teacher-led discussion about scientific names, small groups devise their own way of classifying everyday objects present in the classroom, developing two-part names for several objects in the room.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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.
What Class Are You In?
Classifying animals has never been this much fun! Pupils discuss the animal groups, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and also identify their characteristics. Then, they take pictures of animals and classify them in a group according to their characteristics.
2nd - 4th Science
Sorting the Gulf Ecosystem
A dazzling drawing of the coastal and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico is the centerpiece of this lesson. Display it for your class to view, and have them identify which organisms are plants, invertebrates, fish, birds, reptiles, mammals, or amphibians.
1st - 3rd Science
Animal Classifications and Food Chains (So What's Eating You?)
First graders examine classifications of animals and their place in the food chain. They discuss key vocabulary words, simulate a food chain pyramid, create a paper food chain, conduct a photosynthesis experiment, and create a class mural.
Reptiles and Amphibians Compare and Contrast
Would you rather touch an amphibian or a reptile? Challenge your young zoologists' comparing and contrasting skills with this lesson, in which they review classifications of other animals before filling out worksheets on reptiles and amphibians.
K - 3rd Science
Second graders use fun plastic eggs to investigate mammals and non egg-laying animals. After discussion in the class they open plastic eggs with animal pictures inside and decide if the animal lays eggs. They observe the inside and outside of an egg and complete a T-chart.
1st - 2nd Science