Lesson Plan

Animal Kingdom: Animal Groups/Classification

In this technology rich lesson, students will learn about the various animal kingdoms
Stephanie F.
Educational Technology Integration Consultant
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • discover and learn the different animal classifications
  • distinguish information shown in pictures and information provided in text
  • compare the animal groups through quizes and games
Subjects
English Language Arts
Science
Grades K - 3
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Ask students: "What is your favorite animal?"

Once all student's responses are collected, ask students which animals they think are alike and different, and why. Example Answer: "A mouse and a dog are alike because they both have fur." or "A cat and a fish are different because one lives on land and the other lives in water."

Tell students that what they are doing when they look at the way these animals are alike or different is called classifying. Define classifying for the class.

Explain that there is a way that scientists have learned to group all of the different animals in the world, and it is called the animal classification system.

Show brainpop video "Classifying Animals".

 

2 Directed Instruction/Guided Practice

Nearpod
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During this part of the lesson, students will work with Nearpod and on a worksheet with the various animal kindoms listed on it. On this worksheet students will have to write/draw an animal from each of the animal kingdoms.

Teachers should download the "Animal Kingdom: Animal Groups" lesson on Nearpod. This lesson can be edited to your own needs and curriculum. Once downloaded, launch leson for students to join.

Guide students throught the lesson and various activites. Be sure to check the reports page at the end of the lesson in order to reflect on the lesson and student progress. Please see below for questions for each slide.

Slide 6: Is your animal a vertebrate or invertarate?

Slide 8: Using the website, find a mammal to write on your Animal Kingdom worksheet. Discuss the various mammals that the class choose.

Slide 10: Using the website, find a bird to write on your Animal Kingdom worksheet. Discuss the various birds that the class choose.

Slide 12: Using the website, find a reptile to write on your Animal Kingdom worksheet. Discuss the various reptiles that the class choose.

Slide 14: Check for student understanding on Quiz

Slide 16: Using the website, find a fish to write on your Animal Kingdom worksheet. Discuss the various fish that the class choose.

Slide 18: Using the website, find an amphibian to write on your Animal Kingdom worksheet. Discuss the various amphibians that the class choose.

Slide 20: Instruct students to Draw an "X" in the appropriate box for each type of animal classification. Monitor results

Slide 23: Using the website, find an arthropod to write on your Animal Kingdom worksheet. Discuss the various arthropod that the class choose.

Slide 25: Check for student understanding on Quiz

Slide 27: Instruct studnets to work with a partner and discuss which animal belongs in which animal kingdom.

Slide 29: Monitor final Quiz results.

Student Instructions

Students will each need their own iPad and the PIN number for the Nearpod lesson.

Slide 1: Title Screen: Animal Kingdom

Slide 2: Enter your name.

Slide 3: Lesson Objectives 

Slide 4: Introduction to Animal Kingdom

Slide 5: Animal Groups: Vertebrates and Invertabrates

Slide 6: Poll: Do you have an animal?

Slide 7: Mammals

Slide 8: Web Page: Mammals- Find a mammal and write/draw it on your Animal Kingdom Worksheet.

Slide 9: Birds

Slide 10:Web Page: Birds- Find a bird and write/draw it on your Animal Kingdom Worksheet

Slide 11: Reptiles

Slide 12: Web Page: Reptiles- Find a reptile and write/draw it on your Animal Kindom Worksheet

Slide 13: Intro to Exercises

Slide 14: Quiz!

Slide 15: Fish

Slide 16: Web Page: Fish- Find a fish and write/draw it on your animal kingdom worksheet.

Slide 17: Amphibians

Slide 18: Web Page: Amphibians- Find an amphibian and writedraw it on your animal kingdom worksheet.

Slide 19: Intro to Exercises

Slide 20: Draw an "X" in the appropriate box for each type of animal classification

Slide 21: Solution for the drawing activity

Slide 22: Arthopods

Slide 23: Web Page: Arthropods- Find an arthropod and writedraw it on your animal kingdom worksheet.

Slide 24: Intro to Exercises

Slide 25: Quiz!

Slide 26: Slideshow Instrutions

Slide 27: With a partner, discuss which animal belongs in which animal kingdom.

Slide 28: Intro to Final Quiz

Slide 29: Final Quiz

 

 

 

3 Independent Practice

Teacher should create QR codes to images of various animals of different classifications. QR Codes should be numbered.

Student Instructions

Students scan various QR codes and indicated which classification of animal they are seeing. Classification is noted in notabiltiy by number of QR code.

Notes from notabilty are shared with teacher.

4 Wrap-Up

Teachers create a quiz using socrative and administer to students and review/record results.

Sample questions for quiz:

1) A mammal's body is usually coverd in: a. scales, b. feathers, c. hair, d. shells

2) Amphians live: a. on land, b. in the water, c. in a forest, d. on land and water.

3) Fish breathe through: a. water, b. lungs, c. air, d. gills

4) Animals that have thick scales on the outisde are: a. amphibians, b. mammals, c. reptiles, d. birds.

5)  People belong to what class of animals?

6) What are fish covered with? a. hair, b. feathers, c. scales, d. bones.

7) All reptiles: a. are warm blooded, b. lay eggs, c. have feathers, d. live in water

8) Comparing or oranizing things into groups is called?

9)Animals that make their own body heat are?

10) What does invetebrate mean?

11) Name an arthropod.

Student Instructions

Students join classroom and  complete quiz.