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 x300
  • Pre K - Grade 2
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
  • Maximum 25 students