Classifying Animals: A Semantic Feature Analysis Activity

Tools for Teachers by Laurah J.


  • Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
  • Subjects: Science
  • Product Type: Printable
  • Format: Digital product, Downloadable

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Total Price: $12.00

Product Description

This semantic feature analysis walks students through considering attribute of different animals and classifying those animals as Mammal, Reptile, Amphibian, Bird or Fish.

This fun activity helps students to learn the characteristics of different classes of animals and classify animals accordingly. Students will also practice critical thinking, inferencing, and academic langage as they use the information on the animal cards to classify each animal as a mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish or bird.

Download includes:
-Semantic Feature Analysis Chart
-Classification Recording Sheet
-Animal fact cards (10)
-Annimal class mats (5)
-Suggestions for use

This great activity can be used independently, in small groups or in centers. Aligned with WIDA ELD standards. Also loosely aligned with Next Generation Science Standards 3-LS3 and 3-LS4.

Any claims of correlation or alignment to the WIDA ELP Standards are solely those of Tools for Teachers by Laurah J. and have not been evaluated by WIDA.


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Tools for Teachers by Laurah J.
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I am currently an ESOL coach for my district, working with both ESOL and mainstream teachers to help them differentiate and improve the quality of their instruction for English language learners. I currently work in Maryland, but spent several years teaching in North Carolina, and I completed my student teaching in Tennessee as well. During my career, I have worked with students in grades K-8, though most of my attention has been focused on the upper grades, 4-8. I have been invited to Busan, S. Korea, twice to conduct 2 week teacher training seminars on Content Based English Instruction for English language learners, and I am SIOP trained. In addition, I also lead numerous Continuing Professional Development courses, workshops, and focus groups for teachers in my district. In addition to my MS, I also have a BA degree in Spanish and Mass Communications.


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