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Title
Animal Classification
Lesson Objective
Students sort pictures or small plastic animals into groups and classify animals as to where they live; whether they have scales,
feathers, or hair; and whether they have hands, wings, flippers, or fins.
Background Information for Teacher
Classification is an important science skill. In kindergarten, students will begin to learn to classify animals by sorting them into groups.
Student Prior Knowledge
N/A
Materials:
This lab can be completed as stations in which one set of each supply is needed or you can make multiple sets of all three activities.
Animal sorting pages pdf.
For activity 1: If you have a supply of small plastic animals they can be used here. If not, you can find pictures. Find at least 5
animals for each environment.
For activity 2: Pictures work best because the students can observe the animal’s outer covering more easily. Find at least 5
pictures for each outer covering. A great source of pictures is old copies of Ranger Rick, Backyard Barn, or National
Geographic.
For activity 3: Pictures again work best. Find at least 4 pictures for each type of appendage.
Animal Classification Sheet pdf.
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Show the student the sorting pages. Have the student give examples of animals with hair/fur, scales, and feathers. Discuss different
types of animal appendages and ask for examples of animals with hands, fins, flippers, and wings. Finally, show the student the three
environments and ask for animals that would live in each of them.
1. Animals that live on land, in the water, or both. The student will use an assortment of small plastic animals and place them on
their proper environment page. Have the student decide where they think the animal lives; then, verify if the animal was
placed appropriately.
2. Animals that have scales, feathers or hair/fur. The student will use an assortment of pictures of animals and place them on
either a scale, feather, or fur page. Have the student decide what type of covering they think the animal pictured has; then,
verify if the picture was placed appropriately.
3. Animals that have hands, wings, flippers, or fins. The student will use an assortment of pictures of animals and place them on
either a hand, wing, flipper, or fin page. Have the student decide what type of appendage they think the animal pictured has;
then, verify if the picture was placed appropriately.
4. Have the student complete the Animal Classification Sheet.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets needed to complete the lesson
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Animal Trading Cards Art Activity
(The student can draw or cut out pictures of the animals learned on the previous lesson)