Classifying Vertebrates

This Classifying Vertebrates activity & project also includes:

What features do scientists use to classify animals into groups? Class groups examine a series of paired images of vertebrates (a bass and a trout, a toad and a newt, a crocodile and a tortoise, an owl and a robin, a tiger and a bear) and list what the pairs have in common.  

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Instructional Ideas

  • Designed to prepare learners for the Classifying Vertebrates Performance Task, the activity could also be used to introduce the topic and generate interest in a unit focusing on vertebrates

  • The activity introduces key terms and concepts so that all learners are prepared for the assessment
  • The packet includes the animal images

  • The activity does not address the question of why scientists chose these five groups of vertebrates