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Science - Kindergarten
Standard 4 Objective 2
1 class periods of 30 minutes each
This is a great lab to do before you attend a zoo field trip. Students sort pictures or small plastic animals into groups. Students classify animals as to where they live; whether they have scales, feathers, or hair; and whether they have hands, wings, flippers, or fins.
This lab can be completed as stations in which one set of each supply is needed or you can make multiple sets of all three activities.
Classification is an important science skill. In kindergarten, students will begin to learn to classify animals by sorting them into groups. As students sort, they observe similarities and differences in a variety of animals.
Pre-acivity discussion: Show students the sorting pages. Have students give examples of animals with hair/fur, scales, and feathers. Discuss different types of animal appendages and ask for examples of animals with hands, fins, flippers, and wings. Finally, show students the three environments and ask for animals that would live in each of them.
Rio Tinto Hands-on Science Curriculum Team