3-6 Culture Album – Classes of Animals Folder

CLASSES OF ANIMALS FOLDER (small group presentation)

4+ years

A folder or box divided to hold pictures of the five classes of vertebrates.
These are mounted on cards and laminated. The name of the animal and some relevant information is printed on the back for story writing and reading and they are coded by class (fish, amphibian, reptiles, bird and mammal).

Presentation: T
he initial stage of this presentation is to provide the children experience with a live animal for each class of vertebrate.
Bring the folder to a mat, inviting a small group of children to join you.
Begin with mammals, selecting an animal which the children know.
Encourage them to talk about their experience of the particular animal.
Repeat for a few more pictures of mammals. Encourage discussion which is drawn from the children’s observations.
Use the classification name “mammal” and frequently refer to the general characteristics.
At some point introduce the notion of reproduction.
Continue according to the interest of the child.

Exercise 1:
As in presentation.
In the same manner introduce fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Encourage the children to compare and contrast two classes of vertebrates, then three, four and finally all five.