Animal Classification – Grades 1-3

Animal Classification – Grades 1-3 introduces students to the different categories of animals. Students will learn how to determine which group an animal belongs to based on their characteristics. They will discover which classes contain vertebrates and which class contains invertebrates.

In the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure pages, you will find several suggestions that you can add to or alter in the lesson plan. One suggestion is to have students research a specific animal online and present what they find to the class. Another suggestion is to use old magazines such as National Geographic to find and cut out pictures of animals for the activity.

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What our Animal Classification – Grades 1-3 lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Animal Classification – Grades 1-3 teaches students how to group different animals. Students will learn how to find unique traits that set animals apart from others. They will be able to decide which groups an animal belongs to based on such traits.

This lesson contains three pages of content. The first page describes what exactly classification is. Students will discover the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates. The lesson provides several examples of animals that belong to each of these groups.

Students will discover that most animal classes are vertebrates. The ones that aren’t belong in the arthropods class. This class contains insects, arachnids, and crustaceans.

ANIMAL SORT ACTIVITY

For the activity, students will create a poster that displays six classes of animals. The worksheet provides these six classes in boxes as well as three pages of animals. Students will cut out each label and picture. They must shade the labels different colors and glue or tape them onto their construction paper. Using the images they cut out, they will then classify the animals under the correct labels. (There are five animals for each class.) When they finish, students will add an interesting title for their display and write it at the top of the paper.

CLASS MATCH PRACTICE WORKSHEET

The practice worksheet contains 25 statements or descriptions. Students must read each statement and figure out which animal class it refers to. A word bank contains the six classes from which students will choose their answers.

ANIMAL CLASSIFICATION – GRADES 1-3 HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

For the homework assignment, students will read through a list of 63 animals. A word bank at the top contains seven animal classes. (Arthropods divides further into arachnids, insects, and crustaceans for this worksheet.) Students will write which class each animal belongs to on the line next to the animal name.

You will find the answer keys for each of the worksheets at the end of the lesson plan.

Additional information

subject

Science, Video

grade-level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

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    07/12/2021
    Rachelle H.
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    Great materials

    The kids love it and it is so easy to find fun activities for the children we have in our camp and program to supplement our curriculum. This is great for volunteers to use to lead children in activities.

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    06/23/2021
    Allison A.
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    Animal classification

    The kids enjoyed it. Home school lesson before trip to sea world so we can identify the animals there!

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    10/24/2020
    Shara M.
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    Excellent Introduction

    I used this lesson with my two girls, kinder and 2nd grade. It took us three lessons over one week. It was a great intro to vertebrates/invertebrates and the classes within. They loved the sorting assignment. And they really came away with a nice, basic understanding of animal classification.

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    10/15/2020
    Yeimi R.
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    Animal classification

    Excellent lesson plan!

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    10/12/2020
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