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Defining and Finding Animal Classifications
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.
Learners 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. Learners 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.
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.
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. 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 classify animals. In this animal classification lesson, students identify characteristics from each of the 5 categories of vertebrates. Students group animals by categories.
Fifth graders research an assigned animal on the Internet and determine if their assigned animal is a producer, a consumer, or a decomposer. They type a one page report on their assigned animal citing online references, edit their work, and proofread another student's work. The students construct a food chain on the bulletin board using pictures they draw or pint out.
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.
Animal Classification Scavenger Hunt
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.
Animal Classification Worksheet
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.
In this classification learning exercise, 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.
Plant and Animal Classification
Students examine a painting by Frans Snyders and use Internet research to classify the animals portrayed in the painting according to genus and species.
Exploring Animals and Defining Their Classifications
Students explore the internet world of Second Life and discover different animal classifications. In this animal classification lesson plan, students create and present portfolios about different animal species.
Categorizing & Classifying Animals
Learners view and discuss animal books, pictures and vocabulary,. They sort and classify animal cards, then organize information to develop animal reports.
Animal, Insect, and Bird Classification
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.
Animals Belong in Class
In this animal classification activity, students fill in charts with the names and characteristics of animals. They fill in 10 blanks with words that describe amphibians, reptiles, fish, and arthropods.
Animal Hide and Seek
Students read about animal camouflage. In this animal adaptation lesson, students read short texts about ways in which animals hide or transform to escape their prey. Students explore animal classifications and determine ways to hide in various locations.
A Planet Full of Animals
Students study animals and practice classifying them through observation activities. In this animal classification lesson, students complete a KWL chart about animals. Students then sort pictures of animals into chart categories based on their observations of the animal characteristics. Students complete an animal collage.
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.
Second graders identify characteristics of and group animals by the five categories of vertebrates.