All About Animals

Through active exploration, learn how scientists classify animals. Compare characteristics of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish.

Major Concepts To Be Explored:

  • What are some different ways to classify animals? 
  • How do scientists use distinguishing characteristics, similarities, and differences to classify animals? 
  • What are the basic needs that all animals share?

Essential Standards: 

K.L.1.1; K.L.1.2; 2.L.1.2

Goals of the Program:

  • To introduce students to the concept of classification. 
  • To enable students to correctly classify animals based on their physical characteristics. 

Class Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Understand which animals belong to various classifications by recognizing the distinguishing characteristics of that group 
  • Notice similarities and differences of animals within the same group as well as similarities and differences in animals of different groups 
  • Observe the characteristics of a live animal in order to accurately predict its classification 

Methods and Activities:

  • Students will discuss the various groups of animals and their identifying characteristics. 
  • Students will rotate through hands-on learning centers where they can make observations of similarities and differences and explore examples of animals from each group. 
  • Students will observe several live animals and predict their classification based on their physical characteristics. 

Key Vocabulary:

Classification, Similarities, Differences, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Birds, Insects, Mammals, Arachnids, Vertebrates, Invertebrates, Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded 

Set-up Needs:

  • Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart. 
  • Six tables for stations. 

  • Approximate set-up and clean-up time – at least 30 minutes before and after program. 

  • Program will need to remain set up and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked. 

  • Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x505
  • Grades K - 2
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
  • Maximum 25 students

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