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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Science Sunday: Animal Classification

We are learning about the system of classification in science, and to help the boys visualize it, I made categories on colored paper and pulled out some of their plastic animals.

They first had to figure out which Phylum each animal belonged to, and then further divide them into Class.

We soon discovered that we have  lots of mammals, but we talked about how they each were the same and how they are different and could be further divided.  The boys noticed things such as differences in their skin coverings, feet, and antlers/horns/tusks.  We talked about their teeth and what they eat (plants or meat).

There were some animals that the boys knew went into the Phylum Chordata, but they didn't know where to put them from there.  We pulled out our field guides for help in classifying snakes, alligators, frogs, lizards, and sharks.  As the boys get comfortable with these broad categories, we will move into learning how to put them into the correct Order, Family, Genus, and Species. 

{Linking up with Science Sunday}

1 comment :

Ticia said...

I love doing classification like this, it always goes over so well with my kids.

Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!