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CLASSIFYING ANIMALS: WHICH GROUP?
(Continued)
Discuss animal characteristics and behaviors, likenesses and
differences, habitats and needs as well as adaptations.
Are all animals the same?
How are they different?
Why do you think scientist might want to group or classify animals?
Introduce the word [classify]
How could you group the animals?
Could an animal fit into two groups?
Is there a way to group them so they can't possibly fit into two groups?


Discuss : How Do You Group Animals?

Classifying and Grouping Activity (Cooperative Learning Groups)
Give each group a sorting mat, blank cards for labels and a set of animal
cards.  Give them the challenge:

Think of our discussion of animal characteristics and behaviors,
likenesses and differences, habitats and needs as well as adaptations.
(Students wonder about animals and ask questions)

Study your animal cards and discuss together ways they are
alike and different.  Decide on the way you want to group your
animals.  Use your sorting board.  Make labels for each columns.
Try sorting them into two groups. Example: Water Animals and Land Animals.
(Students plan with their classmates and decide how to group their animals.)

Next have students to try to sort them another way perhaps sorting
into more than two groups.  Example: body coverings; number of
legs; microscopic, small, medium, large; colors; animal behaviors;
meateaters, planteaters, or both.  Chart the results.
(See attached data sheet)
(Students investigate by sorting their cards into groups.)

Use the encyclopedia, internet, or classification chart in science
book to prove or check your information on the animals you are
not sure about.
(As students work, they check their work for accuracy and possibly develop new questions)


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


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