This unit teaches students about the classification of both invertebrates and vertebrates of the animal kingdom. Students will explore the various characteristics of each class that defines these specific animals. This unit is packed full of ten days of lesson plans, review activities, and writing prompts. It is more than just the traditional sorting pictures and identifying the classes. Students will create their own imaginary animal, create a quilt with class, and build animals with a backbone to see its importance. Here are the ten lesson included (along with extras):
Day 1 Tasty Classification (Discuss what classification is and sort candy into groups.) Day 2 Classification Charts (Students will learn to read a classification chart and make one after classifying pictures.) Day 3 What Makes an Animal an Animal? (Students read an article and compile summary sentences to identify what makes an animal an animal.) Day 4 A Kingdom Divided (Students will explore the two groups of the animal kingdom through clay creatures and graphs.) Day 5 The Spineless (Students will explore invertebrates and their classes while creating a shutter fold.) Day 6 Vertebrates Have Class! (Students will explore vertebrates through an RAN Chart and the Jigsaw process.) Day 7 Vertebrates and Invertebrates Go Head to Head (Students will compare and contrast similar vertebrates and invertebrates.) Day 8 What Class Is That? (Students create an imaginary animal and classify it based on its characteristics.) Day 9 A Quilt With Class! (Students will create a quilt square for one or more classes of the vertebrate group and their characteristics.) Day 10 Choice Board (Students will demonstrate their understanding of this unit by picking an option on the choice board.)
This unit also comes with task cards that can be used in a scoot activity or a center, worksheets to reinforce the classes, and other fun activities.
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I graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors in Science degree and an elementary education certificate. I am certified to teach K-8 Self-Contained and Middle School Science. I have taught ever since graduation,with most of my experience in 5th grade. I'm currently completing my Masters program in Differentiation. I utilize a lot of differentiated strategies along with the workshop model in reading, writing, math, and sometimes science. I love more hands-on activities that are related to real life for students to explore. I'm not a huge fan of worksheets, but do use them occasionally.