Animal Classification (Grades 4-6)

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The lesson introduces students to classifying as a science process skill, used not only for the animal kingdom, but also for other areas of science as well. Most students have been taught the basics of classifying objects, often referred to as sorting. The lesson includes subcategories and goes into depth of the importance of classification in general. It is recommended students engage in hands-on activities when possible.

Animal Classification Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Animal Classification
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using Animal Classification
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to classifying as a science process skill, used not only for the animal kingdom, but also for other areas of science as well. Most students have been taught the basics of classifying objects, often referred to as sorting. The lesson includes subcategories and goes into depth of the importance of classification in general. It is recommended students engage in hands-on activities when possible.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display a picture of an animal from at least 3 different classification groups. Ask students what the animals have in common and what makes them different.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Continue asking about other animals that are different or alike.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion leading to classification of animals.
  5. Distribute Animal Classification content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save final question for lesson closing.  Use the additional resources and videos to enhance understanding and to expose students to more examples from the different groups of animals.
  6. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Distribute materials.  Allow sufficient time for students to complete the activity.
  7. When students are completed, review correct responses, and allow each to present it to the class giving the title of their display.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: What is your favorite kind of animal and why?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Language Arts, Science