Watch the video to learn about classifying animals. How can you classify animals? Student answer: You can classify animals by vertebrates and invertebrates. Vertebrates have a backbone and invertebrates do not. Another way you can classify animals is by groups: mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and arachnids.
Research the clown fish. What animal group does it belong to? How do you know? Student answer: Clown fish belong to the fish group of vertebrates. Clown fish have scales and breathe under water.
Research frogs. What animal group does it belong to? How do you know? Student answer: Frogs are amphibians. They have wet skin and start out as eggs.
Watch the video about reptiles. What are 2 examples of reptiles? What are their characteristics? Student answer: Two reptiles are snakes and alligators. They have scales and start life as eggs. Reptiles mostly live on land and are cold blooded.
Research the flamingo. What group does it belong to? How do you know? Student answer: Flamingos are birds. They have feathers, wings, and lay eggs.
Read about the cheetah. What group does it belong to? How do you know? Student answer: Cheetahs are mammals. They have fur and give birth to live babies. They breathe with lungs.
Take a look at the San Diego Zoo Kids Animals. What animal would you like to research and create for our classroom zoo? Why? Student answer: I would like to research a lion. Lions are big and their fur is beautiful. I want to know what they eat, how they survive, and where they live.