Animal classification can be fun with this pack of games and activities!
Vertebrate and Invertebrate Vocabulary Posters
Animal Classification Tic-Tac-Toe: 2-person game, students determine if animals are vertebrates and invertebrates.
Guess Who Game: Quick review game that takes just a few minutes to play. Use classification clues to figure out the animal.
Animal Classification Sort: Cut and paste activity for sorting animals according to type.
Animal Classification Flap Book: Foldable for interactive notebooks.
Vertebrates Sort: Sort animals according to the type of vertebrate they are.
Warm or Cold Blooded: Sort types of vertebrates according to warm or cold blooded and write examples of each.
This worksheet sets pupils four tasks based on how both vertebrates and invertebrates are classified into taxonomic groups. It involves a mixture of answering questions, sorting statements and researching. I have found that this works well as both a classwork or as a homework activity. I hope that you find the resource useful and will be able to leave feedback if you use it.
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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This resource is aimed at advanced biology students and includes two differentiated practical schedules for the observation of phototactic behaviour in blowfly larvae (maggotts).
Both schedules include a brief introduction to the nature of taxis behaviour, followed by details of the practical task. A table to collate data is provided, followed by a step-by-step method of using the chi-squared test to assess statistical significance.
The worksheet for higher ability students also contains extra challenge questions on the reason for statistical testing and the rationale for using chi-squared.
Key words: behaviour, blowfly larvae, maggotts, statistics, phototaxis, light, response, chi-squared