Can you guess what it might be?
What’s great is that it doesn’t matter how much of an animal expert you might think you are (my boys usually think they deserve this title from day 1), with a topic as broad as animals you’re bound to learn something new!
What I find interesting is that although students seem more familiar with vertebrates, they only make up 5% of all animals. Can you believe that? I was shocked when I first read that. 95% of all animals actually belong in the invertebrates family … interesting, huh?
These books were HUGE HITS with my kids!
I also like to start off with a video to introduce the topic, provide students with a visual they can begin associating with, and let’s not forget… to get those brain juices flowing!
(Plus- My kiddos really pay attention to Moby!)
Next, we dove right into our vertebrates book that comes from my handy dandy Vertebrates Unit.
Each page is dedicated to a different animal group and explains in kid friendly language important characteristics of each group of vertebrates. We focus on skin type, how their babies are born, whether they are warm blooded or cold blooded, where their primary habitats are located, and how they breathe.
Take a peak at some of our learning!
|Isn’t that penguin simply ADORABLE!|
|Turtles laying their eggs in the sand.|
|The frogs sticky tongue at work…|
|Take a look at that live baby in it’s mother’s belly, and the platypus laying eggs.|
The platypus was a REAL SHOCKER for my class! How could a mammal lay eggs?
This was another great example of “the exception to the rule” that we’ve spoken about a few times this year.
|Click the picture to download instructions for this FREEBIE!|