Animals and their Characteristics – The 5 Animal Groups
Last week my daughter worked on vertebrates and invertebrates. From there she started working on the 5 animal groups. 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! 🙂
- body coverings (feathers, fur, scales or skin activities),
- animal characteristics,
- 5 animal groups,
- 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.
Back to the original post… if you are interested, you can download the two pages below FREE by clicking on the link.
Animal Characteristics Free Worksheets:
I also included an answer sheet.
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- Vertebrates vs. invertebrates
- Spiders vs. insects
- Animal tracks
- World animals – learn about the animals of the 7 continents – (Plus a new section specifically about the animals of the African Savannah)
- The animal life cycles – This 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.
- The Rainforest – Learn about all about the rainforest, animals and insects of the rainforest and more!
- Winter – learn why we have seasons, the differences between the Arctic and Antarctica, learn all about Polar Animals, learn why animals hibernate and more!
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The Rainforest Packet is 75+ pages. Learn all about Tropical and Temperate Rainforests, where they are located, Amazon Rainforest Facts, rainfall in the Amazon, Animals & Insects of the Amazon, Layers of the Rainforest Activities and more.
The Life Cycles Packet is 50+ pages. It 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.
The Winter Packet and Hibernation Unit is 100+ Pages. The first part covers Growing Crystals, Months/ Seasons, Earth’s Axis and the Seasons, Arctic vs. Antarctica, Polar Animals, Penguins, Seals, Whales, about a dozen PreK Activity Pages. The Hibernation Unit covers: why animals hibernate, terms such as torpor, brumation, estivation, diapause, endotherms vs. ectotherms. Plus, it covers where animals spend the winter and the dangers of hibernation. It includes various activities such as notebook pages, interactive notebook/lapbook pieces, matching and tracing pages.
Cicadas Packet: This 20-page unit includes cicada worksheets, notebook pages and a lapbook so kids can learn more about this fascinating insect!
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$5.99 Animal Unit (100+ pages) – This unit covers animal characteristics, Feather, fur or scales?, animal classification (the animal kingdoms, vertebrates and invertebrate groups), insects vs. spiders, animal tracks, animals homes and shelters, nocturnal vs. diurnal animals and more! Quick Preview or More details here or view image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5, image 6, image 7, image 8, image 9, image 10, image 11
More pictures down below!
$4.99 World Animals Unit (60+ pages) Animals of the 7 Continents: Montessori 3-part cards and Activity Pages, best for ages 3-7 or so. Also in the World Animals Unit is the mini-unit on Animals of the African Savanna Quick Preview or view image 1, view image 2, view image 3 (African Animals)
$4.99 Life Cycles Packet (50 pages) Explore the life cycles of the chicken, sea turtle, frog, mosquito, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, ladybug, mouse Quick Preview or visit the post or view image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5 $4.99 Winter Unit – Earth’s Axis/Seasons; The Arctic vs. Antarctica; Polar Animals includes a Hibernation Unit (100+ pages) Winter Packet and Hibernation Unit Quick Preview or view the post or view image 1, image 2 Arctic vs Antartica, image 3 polar animals, image 4 seals sea lions penguins, image 5 Hibernation Unit
$2.50 Cicadas Packet This 20-page unit includes cicada worksheets, notebook pages and a lapbook so kids can learn more about this fascinating insect! See more at this post.
$0.00 FREE Living Nonliving Cards and Worksheets (More info here)
$4.00 Dinosaur Unit (100+ pages – Multi-Age Packet: 50 pages for ages 3-6; 60 pages for ages 7-9) View Post or View image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4 lapbook, image 4 This unit is not included in the Big Animal BUNDLE.
Here’s more about our Animal Unit on vertebrates and invertebrates:
Here’s more about our 100+ page packet:
mammal bird reptile amphibian or fish?
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.
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 Homes and Shelters & Herbivore/Carnivore/Omnivore activities (also in the Animal Packet):
Animal Packet: Vertebrate-Invertebrate Packet, 100+ 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. It has a section on herbivores/carnivores/omnivores. 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.
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 (100+ 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 BUNDLES — the World Animals Packet & Life Cycles Packet and more.
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My daughter sure had fun with this unit!!
You might also be interested in our World Animal Packet:
There are animal cards and activities for each of the continents.
This World Animals packet is 100+ pages and is $4.99. (See Our Store to purchase separately.) It can be purchased as a BUNDLE with the Animal Unit:
Remember there is also a BIG ANIMAL BUNDLE (which includes both of these packets – Animal Packet and the World Animals Packet).
Purchase the BUNDLE: Animal Packet and World Animal Packet
The Big Animal BUNDLE includes 7 packets. 1) Animal Unit, 2) World Animals Packet, 3) Rainforest Packet, 4) Life Cycles Packet, 5) Winter Packet – plus 6) the Cicadas Packet and 7) the Chameleon Packet.
The Big Animal Bundle includes the Life Cycles Packet:
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
It also includes the Rainforest Packet:
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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.
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:
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)
- Where I Live Activity Packet:My galaxy, solar system, planet, continent, country, state, town, and home!
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)
- 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).