Animal Classification (Grades 1-3)

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Explore classification of animals with our Animal Classification Lesson Plan, which will prepare students to define, identify, and use the science process skills in classifying animals.  This fun, engaging lesson allows students to express their creativity in designing a display, as well as to build confidence as they present their display to the class.

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 determining the animal classification to vertebrates & invertebrates, and presenting some of the animals.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Explore classification of animals with our Animal Classification Lesson Plan, which will prepare students to define, identify, and use the science process skills in classifying animals.  This fun, engaging lesson allows students to express their creativity in designing a display, as well as to build confidence as they present their display to the class.

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 the 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?
  11. Allow for responses and discussion. 12. As a final review, name an animal and allow student volunteers to verbally respond with its grouping.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.9

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

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Science