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Animal 'families'

As well as classifying animals into vertebrates & invertebrates, we can also look carefully at the kind of animal they are, further.  Today we are going to look at 6 main groups (see posters for all 12 types)

Think back to the second video on vertebrates and invertebrates.  The different 'families' of animals were mentioned then.  Use the power-point to help answer questions about the different animals – what do you notice, what common features can you find (e.g. most land mammals have fur/hair; reptiles have scales, fish live in water & tails swish to the side; aquatic mammals tails swish up & down + breathe air, insects have 6 legs…)

Then use the sheets to sort the animals into categories.


OR (if child isn't really 'getting it'), they can sort the animals by 1 criteria, using their observations and known facts e.g. fur/no fur; 4 legs/not 4 legs; feathers/not feathers… Then discuss what they’ve sorted, to see if they’ve found the categories by accident.
Choose 1 of the following activities to do, depending on your understanding.