Animal Classification (Grades 1-3)

Our Animal Classification lesson plan for grades 1-3 teaches students about the basics of scientific animal classification. Students learn about specific classification criteria and practice matching traits to the correct classification.

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Our Animal Classification lesson plan for grades 1-3 introduces students to the ways in which animals are classified scientifically. This fun, engaging lesson allows students to express their creativity as they are asked to design a poster showing different categories of classification and some examples of animals that fit into those classifications. Students are also asked to match traits to the correct classification in order to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson material.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define, identify, and use the science process skills.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.9


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Science, Video


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

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    Rachelle H.
    US US
    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.

    Allison A.
    US US
    Animal classification

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

    Shara M.
    US US
    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.

    Yeimi R.
    US US
    Animal classification

    Excellent lesson plan!

    Nanci N.
    US US
    Great for my project!

    My little one wanted to make a globe. She made it out of paper mache, painted it blue, then added the continents from this package. It was perfect!