Invertebrate- Vertebrate

Invertebrate – Vertebrate

…10 pictures of invertebrate animals
…10 pictures of vertebrate animals
…Labels: Vertebrate Invertebrate

Note: suggestions for materials: safari cards, Audubon animals

Imagine how you would look if you didn’t have a backbone.

We are all sitting here because of a support system in our bodies called a skeletal system.

Put your fingers on the back of your head and run your fingers down the back of your neck and as far as you can. Continue on down to the bottom of your back.

That is your backbone!

Your backbone is one of the most important parts of your body. It is bone that is covering your central nervous system. This is a network that sends signals from your brain to every part of your body. Most animals have a central nervous system, but not all of them have a backbone. If animals have backbones, they are called a Vertebrate. If they do not have a backbone, they are called an Invertebrate. We are going to learn to look at an animal and tell if they are a vertebrate or an invertebrate.

To make things very simple, these animals are always invertebrates:


Jellyfish , corals and their relatives.


Snails, slugs, animals with inner or outer shells.

Animals with jointed feet.; insects, lobsters, spiders, etc.,

Spiny skinned animals like starfish and sea urchins.

Animals with a backbone are:
Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals.

Lay out the labels: Invertebrate and Vertebrate.

Ask children to place the pictures under the label and check each other’s work. As many pictures can be added as they want to do.

Age: from 6-9

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