3 4 5
A. Title: Classifying
Animals: Which Group?
Scientists use characteristics of cells and body structures to group animals.
other criteria) The student will discover different ways
of classifying animals.
body coverings; number of legs; water or land habitat; microscopic,
C. Time required for
activity 2 -4 class periods (Depending on whether you
read the story
small, medium, large;
colors; animal behaviors; meateaters, planteaters, or both;
footprints or tracks.
Students are allowed to explore various ways of grouping animals.
will discuss informally as they work which ways scientist would or
not choose to use.
or show the video during science class or at another time.)
D. Virginia Science
SOLs : 3.1, 3.4
Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic
The student will plan and conduct investigations
a. questions are developed to formulate hypotheses;
b. predictions and observations are made;
c. data are gathered, charted, and graphed;
d. objects with similar characteristics are classified into at least
two sets and two subsets;
e. inferences are made and conclusions are drawn;
The student will investigate and understand that behavioral and physical
animals to respond to life needs.
a. methods of gathering and storing food, finding shelter, defending
themselves, rearing young;
b. hibernation, migration, camouflage, mimicry, instinct, and learned
of all types or picture card sets, sorting board,
F. Prerequisite Skills
A Rocky Mountain Folktale by Hanneke Ippisch, computer with
internet or encyclopedia, a set of encyclopedias, a variety of
books and magazines
about animals, Science Anytime student textbook.
should have an understanding of "What animals need, body coverings,
how animals hide,
suitability to their food, and unique animals."
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