Animals and Their Characteristics (Free Worksheet)

Animals and their Characteristics – The 5 Animal Groups

These free pages are down below!AnimalCharacteristics

Last week I shared the free vertebrate and invertebrate sort cards that I made for my daughter.  I also wanted to go over the characteristics of the various vertebrate animal groups with her.

As she sorted the animal groups we talked about some of the characteristics of each group… fish and amphibians lay their eggs in water, reptiles and  birds lay their eggs on land and so forth.

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We did this several times over the course of a number of days. Once she knew all the characteristics fairly well, I brought out a matching page. She had to match one of the characteristics (such as warm blooded) with all the animals that had that trait.

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I also pulled out some sheets from a science book I bought for ED at the beginning of the school year.  She did several pages from that book that week as well. We love the fact that our pets always come to check out what we’re doing and hang out with us! 🙂

AnimalSort-AnimalCharacteristicsUpdate: When ED (my youngest) was about this same age, she wanted to study all things about animals!  I made an entire packet (50+ pages) about animals, body coverings (feathers, fur, scales or skin activities), animal characteristics, insects vs. spiders, wild vs. domestic animals, animal tracks, nocturnal vs. diurnal, animal homes & shelters, and more. Here’s one quick screen-shot of that unit. You can find out more here: Animal Unit on vertebrates and invertebrates or you can purchase it with the link below.

Feathers Fur Scales or Skin Worksheets and Sorting CardsWhat am I?

mammal bird reptile amphibian or fish?

5-Animal-Groups-WorksheetsAgain, you can find our more about our 50+ page below!

Animal Homes and Shelters - Where do animals live worksheets

You might also want to check out our 70+page World Animals Packet!

World Animal Activities

Back to the original post… if you are interested, you can download the two pages below FREE by clicking on the link.

Free Worksheets:

 Animals and their Characteristics – the 5 Animal Groups Free Worksheets

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I also included an answer sheet.

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Again, you might be interested in our more recent Animal Unit on vertebrates and invertebrates:

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Here’s more about our 50+ page packet:

Types of Animals Worksheets - Animal Characteristics

This unit goes into both vertebrates and invertebrates. We went into more depth about the characteristics of the 5 animal groups (plus covered the classification of invertebrates, animal tracks, domesticated vs. wild animals and other things.

We talked about the types of animals and their characteristics. We had some amazing discussions about this because of all the exceptions (the sheet on the right):

Types of Animals - Animal Characteristics Worksheet

What am I? – 5 Animal Group Worksheets

5-Animal-Groups-WorksheetsThere is a cut-and-paste activity about the 5 animal groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish):

Vertebrate-Animal-Groups-Worksheets

Study of Invertebrates: We also spent time in this unit on invertebrates and invertebrate classification. As you can see we talked about some of the different invertebrate groups (insects, crustaceans, centipedes, arachnids, mollusks, etc.)  There’s  a invertebrate classification chart, a cut-and-paste-activity, and activities about spiders vs. insects.

Invertebrate classification worksheetsAnimal Track Activities:

Animal Track Activities

I added in some fun pages about… yes, animal tongues!! These pages talk about why tongues are important (what their function is) and has “Whose tongues are these?” page where kids have to identify the tongues they see in the picture provided. For younger kids, there are tracing pages about the function of tongues. 🙂Animal -TonguesAnimal Homes and Shelters

Animal Homes and Shelters - Where do animals live worksheets

Animal Packet: Vertebrate-Invertebrate Packet, 75+ Page Packet: My daughter is currently in Grade 2 and we are doing a new unit on the types of animals and on the Biosphere (more about that below).  I made a new set of materials for her.  It covers the 5 types of vertebrates and goes over the main characteristic of each vertebrate group: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish. It also covers many of the invertebrate groups starting with the differences between insects and spiders. Then going into more detail about some of the other invertebrate groups: crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms, porifera, and others.  Plus, it has a huge section on animal tracks (fun to do in the winter!) and has a bit about food webs, though we’ll really go into depth about that in our unit on the biosphere which we’ll do immediately following this unit.

The Animal Unit: Vertebrate-Invertebrate Packet is well over 50 pages. This is now available for purchase. It is $4.00.

You can find out more about it at this post (which shows in more detail what is included): Animal Unit: Types of Animals Worksheet Packet (30+ Pages) or you can purchase it below:

Once you pay for this packet, you will immediately receive a link to download this file (which will open in a browser window).  You will also receive an email from Sendowl (the service I use), which will have a link you can click on to download the Animal Unit.  (It will say, “You can download your digital products…” with a clickable link.)  Of course, if you have any issues just email me at — liesl at homeschoolden dot com.  You can also reach me by using the contact form on the blog or can reach me over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page.

This is also available in a BUNDLE with our World Animal Cards and Activities (60+ page packet) or in the Big Animals BUNDLE (which includes the 1) Animal Unit, 2) World Animals Unit, 3) Life Cycles Packet, 4) Rainforest Packet and 5) Winter/Polar Animals Unit). Scroll down below for more about the bundle and the World Animals Packet & Life Cycles Packet.

Animal Unit: Vertebrate-Invertebrate, Animal Tracks Packet

$4.00

Don’t forget to check your PayPal email address for the download link!

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My daughter sure had fun with this unit!!

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There are animal cards and activities for each of the continents.

World Animals Worksheets Activity PagesThere is a fun board game. Players have to be the first to collect an animal from every continent.

World Animals GameThere are also materials included for creating your own world animals pin map activity:World Animals Pin MapThis packet includes Montessori 3-part cards and suggestions on how to use them:Montessori3PartCards-WorldAnimals

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This World Animals packet is 70+ pages and is $4.00. (See Our Store to purchase separately.) It can be purchased as a BUNDLE with the Animal Unit:

Purchase the BUNDLE: Animal Packet and World Animal Cards

$7.00

  Don’t forget to check your PayPal email address for the download link!

Bundle-Animal Unit World Animal UnitNEW Life Cycles Packet: All living things go through changes as they grow and develop! This new 50+ page Life Cycles Packet helps kids become familiar with the different stages in the life cycles of the chicken, sea turtle, frog, mosquito, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, mouse, and ladybug. This unit includes worksheets, Montessori 3-part cards, spinners, ordering activity pages, writing pages, and more. Visit this post for more details: Life Cycles Unit Life Cycle Worksheets - Activities - Montessori Cards

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You might also be interested in our Biology Packet:

Biosphere Packet — Biomes, Feeding Relationships, Biological Interactions and More!After our family did the Animal unit, we went on to learn about the different biomes, the food chain and food webs, the energy pyramid, animal feeding relationships and more.

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If your kids are a bit older (upper elementary, middle school) your kids might enjoy the Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Unit.  We did this Animal Unit several years ago and just this year we did an entire unit on scientific classification & taxonomy. We build dichotomous keys and went into quite a bit of depth about the animal phyla:

Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Packet

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Dinosaur Packet for Ages 3-7

 60+ Page Dinosaur Packet

  • Montessori 3-Part Dinosaur Cards
  • Dinosaur Lapbook
  • Letter Recognition Activities
  • Number Activities and Games
  • Dinosaur Game Board
  • Fast Fact Information Cards
  • Dinosaur Writing Cards
  • Math Games
  • Bingo Cards and more!

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Ocean Unit: We now have a 65+ page Ocean Packet available. In our ocean studies we explored

  • Marine Habitats
  • Water Form Words (bay, estuary, lagoon, fjord, etc.)
  • Features of the Ocean Floor (trench, seamount, guyot, etc.)
  • Ocean Navigation (early navigation with astrolabes & the constellations, modern SONAR)
  • Salinity
  • Ocean Currents (Surface & Deep Sea Currents)
  • Ocean Life:
    • Special Body Features
    • Fish Body Shape and Movement
    • Biological Interactions: Mutualism and Commensalism in the Ocean
    • Deep Sea Life – Bioluminescence, Anglerfish

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We also talked about the ocean zones and different layers of the ocean again (which we covered three or four years ago).

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