S5L1 Students will classify organisms into groups and relate how they determined the groups with how and why scientists use classification.
a. Demonstrate how animals are sorted into groups (vertebrate and invertebrate) and how vertebrates are sorted into groups (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal).
Here are some research links that may be useful for research projects on animals and their classification.
Ask Jeeves for Kids
Netrekker.com National Geographic Kids
Vertebrates and Invertebrates
A vertebrate is an animal with a backbone and an invertebrate is an animal without a backbone. The most common type of invertebrate are the millions of insects that crawl, fly and swarm around the globe. There are also many invertebrates that live in the ocean, such as jellyfish, sea urchins and more. You can visit StudyJams to view an invertebrate slideshow and their vertebrate slideshow. Both links allow you to take a quiz to show what you have learned.
Call Me a Vertebrate
Below is a parody I created to help students remember some key points in vertebrate classification. I'm hoping someday soon, a talented student will perform the song for me and create a music video complete with pictures of the different types of animals, while they're singing.