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A. Title: Classifying Animals: Which Group?
B. Description: Scientists use characteristics of cells and body structures to group animals.
   (and other criteria)  The student will discover different ways of classifying animals.

Example: body coverings; number of legs; water or land habitat; microscopic,
small, medium, large; colors; animal behaviors; meateaters, planteaters, or both;
footprints or tracks.

Note: Students are allowed to explore various ways of grouping animals.
They will discuss informally as they work which ways scientist would or
would not choose to use.

C. Time required for activity 2 -4 class periods (Depending on whether you read the story
     or show the video during science class or at another time.)

D. Virginia Science SOLs : 3.1, 3.4

Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic
3.1  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;
Life Processes
 3.4  The student will investigate and understand that behavioral  and physical adaptations allow
        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 behavior.
E. Materials:
Animal Pictures of all types or picture card sets, sorting board, classification chart,
Spotted Bear: A Rocky Mountain Folktale by Hanneke Ippisch, computer with
Microsoft Excel, internet or encyclopedia, a set of encyclopedias, a variety of
books and magazines about animals, Science Anytime student textbook.
F. Prerequisite Skills or Knowledge:
Students should have an understanding of "What animals need, body coverings,
how animals hide, suitability to their food, and unique animals." 

Copyright  1999 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Shirley Wilborne Revised 07/22/2009



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