Animal Classification

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How are animals classified? Scholars explore animal classification by observing non-living and living specimens. They learn how to organize animals into vertebrates and invertebrates and identify the five vertebrate groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Pupils learn which characteristics of animals determine their classifications by talking about key differences between the groups.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Allow groups to bring in small specimens from outside of the classroom to observe and classify
  • Have groups design posters showing the classification/grouping of the specimens to display
Classroom Considerations
  • Uses living specimens that must be acquired ahead of time
Pros
  • Engaging activity allows students to interact with living specimens
  • Includes bonus fun facts to pique interest
Cons
  • None
Common Core
NGSS