Carnival of the Animals Science Unit Study
Scientists classify, or group, animals based on what characteristics they have in common. The classification categories (from most general to most specific) are: Kingdom (such as Animals or Plants), Phylum (such as Chordates or Arthropods), Class (such as Mammals or Aves), Order (such as Marsupials), Family, Genus, Species. The scientific name of an animal includes its genus and species, and sometimes subspecies, and is in Latin. Explore the Animal Kingdom with these fun links, games and lesson plans.
- This Christian blog has tons of links for animal notebooking/lapbooking.
- Here is a clearly presented and fun video from Brain Pop on Animal Classification
- Sheppard Software has many animal games on their site. Try the animal classification game, and the food web activity among others.
- Here is a chart of the taxonomy of specific animals
- Here is a chart with printable cards to cut out and laminate
- Here is a great lesson plan on classification for 3rd grade and up
- Here is an animal sort game for younger kids
In Carnival of the Animals, Saint Saëns wrote specific music for:
- the lion
- hens and roosters
- wild donkeys
- the elephant
- fish in an aquarium
- the cuckoo
- birds in an aviary
- the swan
Choose two of these animals and write a few paragraphs comparing and contrasting them. How are they similar? How are they different? Research and classify them the way scientists do, copying down their scientific names. Illustrate your findings.
- Here is a Pinterest board by a Montessori educator with links for a zoo animal unit study.
- Links to dozens of animal studies at Homeschool Share
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