Vertebrates and Invertebrates: Animal Classification Tabbed Booklet


This booklet is a great way to focus on animal classification, along with other academic skills like main idea, vocabulary, and writing. Your students will practice classifying animals based on whether they are invertebrates or vertebrates, an easy way to determine the difference between two animals.

Unfortunately, with the large demands on reading and math from Common Core, science is often pushed to the side. If your district is like mine, you often have very little time to dedicate to science, yet you are still expected to fully cover the entire curriculum. This packet was created to help save time and to cover the important science concepts, while still meeting the nonfiction criteria of Common Core.

*In this packet students will investigate the differences between the animal classes of vertebrates and invertebrates by building four-legged clay/Play-Doh creatures – one of each type – and then stacking blocks on them to determine which structure can hold the most weight and why.


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This Product Includes:

✓ Mini-book for students to assemble and explore the animal classification science concepts of vertebrates and invertebrates. It can be used to teach, reinforce, and/or challenge students, all while meeting their needs and learning styles
✓ Differentiated reading page — higher level (designated with two stars for student privacy) and lower level (designated with one star).
✓ Tabs to be used as science stations or literacy stations: The first tab contains an important vocabulary activity related to the topic and corresponds with the reading piece provided; the second tab asks comprehension questions related to the reading piece and requires students to support their answers with textual evidence; the third tab focuses on an investigation to deepen the understanding of the topic; the fourth tab asks students to draw; and the fifth tab prompts students to respond to a thought-provoking journal question.

These lessons are perfect for tutors, paraprofessionals, volunteers, and substitutes! They are low prep, too!

You’re saving money by purchasing the product that has everything you need for this lesson–worksheets, centers, scripted lessons, vocabulary, and much more! It’s definitely worth the value!

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