Last week I shared the 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.
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.
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!
If you are interested, you can download this FREE by clicking on the link (Be sure to see our more recent Animal Characteristics and Animal Classification Unit below):
I also included an answer sheet.
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):
What am I? – 5 Animal Group 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.
Animal Packet: Vertebrate-Invertebrate Packet, 30+ Page Packet: My daughter is now 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 which we did in December 2015. 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 30 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.
Don’t forget to check your PayPal email address for the download link!
My daughter sure had fun with this unit!!
You might also be interested in our World Animal Cards and World Animal Activity Pages: I made sets of animal cards and activities for each of the continent.
This packet is 60+ pages and can be purchased as a BUNDLE with the Animal Unit. See Our Store for details.
Biosphere Packet — Biomes, Feeding Relationships, Biological Interactions and More!: In the second (more advanced) part of our unit which we will be going into even more depth about the Biosphere… biomes, animal habitats; climate zones; the individual/population/community/ecosystem/biome; feeding relationships; the food chain, food webs and the energy pyramid; biological interations – symbiosis, mutualism, amensalism, etc.; and other topics.
World Animals Packet: When the kids were younger we talked about the 7 continents. That included a study of the World Animals. You might want to check out our Montessori World Animal 3-Part cards and the 60+ pages of activities in this packet:
The World Animal packet includes 1) matching & tracing pages, 2) fun-fact tracing pages, 3) do-a-dot pages, and 4) outline maps for each continent and a cut-and-paste activity. It also includes satellite images of the 7 continents.
Dinosaur Packet for Ages 3-7
- 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!
- Animal Portfolio Project (for ages 8-10 or so)
- Free Montessori World Pin Map
- You might also be interested in last weeks post where I shared the free Montessori World Pin Map.
- Rainforest Plants (from around the world)
- 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)
- 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
We also talked about the ocean zones and different layers of the ocean again (which we covered three or four years ago).