All animals can be sorted into groups called Classes. No, not like the classes we have as school! An animal class is made up of animals that are all alike in important ways. Scientists have grouped animals into classes to make it easier to study them.
There are many different animal classes and every animal in the world belongs to one of them. The five most well known classes of vertebrates (animals with backbones) are mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians.
There are also a lot of animals without backbones. These are called invertebrates .Two of the most commonly known classes are arachnids (spiders) and insects.
Try this game to test your knowledge of animal classes: https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/asset/lsps07_int_animalclass/EN/ (requires Flash)
Using a dictionary, look up any terms you might find a bit tricky; (reptile, amphibian, etc). It’s a good idea to write down a definition in your book so you can go back and check any time you need to.
Now, read the Powerpoint, using the dictionary again to check any tricky vocabulary. Write a definition in your book to refer back to.
Have a go at the activities – choose your level of challenge to suit you. If you cannot print the sheets, drawing and writing on blank paper is perfectly OK. We’d love to see examples of your work to post on our website.
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