Animal Classification Booklet

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Our winter session of homeschool co-op is just five weeks of classes, so I’m offering an animal classification class for ages 5-8. This is a really fun age group, very enthusiastic, and while it’s called “animal” it’s really vertebrate classification. We’re learning about one class of vertebrates–mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians–each week.

I wanted something for the kids to write in and keep. (Some of the kids really like paperwork.) After hunting around on the Internets a little bit, I decided just to go ahead and make my own, which I’m now sharing with you, because, well, why not? What you see there is just the cover. It’s a PDF file designed to be printed landscape on regular printer paper so you can fold it into a booklet. Print pages 1 and 2 back to back, and pages 3 and 4 back to back. Assemble and fold together. Each page has room for the kids to write down the characteristics of that particular vertebrate, and the back cover has a little bit of matching. All the images are from the fantastic image library at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

I also plan to share my full lesson plan with the activities and resources I’m using. Coming up: Mammals and Fish.

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  5. Paula

    Oh – I love you – I have tripped across your blog a few times and have forced myself not to get pulled in too much but here I am again. You do amazing and inspiring work. I have had animal classification on my “to do” and wish list for far too long (even more embarrassing having a Montessori background) and then I find you again with this series of posts – truly beautiful and more in the amazing and inspiring department. Thank You for sharing. Thanks so very much. (Got here this time from Michelle @ – first visit there) Will try so very hard to “plan less, do more” and get going with bits of momentum and baby steps – simply need to – stuck for too long. Thanks again. With much gratitude – Paula.

    1. amy

      Thank you so much. This comment made my week. It means a lot that you took the time to let me know all this. Thank you!!

  6. Paula

    Oops – pressed send too early – well, even after all that rambling…Your art and studio posts got me here the other times – finding animal classification is just the icing on the cake. Beautiful.

  7. Paula

    Now to get rid of that strange icon – off to figure that out, and leave you alone now : 0

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