Parts of Animals and Their Definitions


To draw attention to the parts of the main vertebrates.
To introduce a large invertebrate class (insects).

4-4+ years

A set of cards showing the parts of the body of each vertebrate class.
The part is colored red in each case.
Control booklet, one set of cards with the whole definition and the key word outlined in red.
One set of cards with the key word cut out.
One set of large pictures, one blank, one with labels (control) for each vertebrate class and one invertebrate class.
One set of labels for each blank picture.

After the children have had a good deal of experience with the five classes of animals, you may introduce the parts of the animals.
Again, begin with the mammal since it is the most familiar.
Present the cards in the same manner as other classified cards.
Establish the language which is known and give a three period lesson for the language to be learned.
Encourage the children to relate the parts of the animal to their own bodies.
At the reading stage, you may introduce the printed labels, definition booklets and definition cards in the same manner as the Land and Water Definitions or refer to Reading Classification in the Language Manual.

Exercise 1:
As in presentation.
The children may work with the other animal classes.
Encourage the children to make their own diagrams and label them, if appropriate.

Exercise 2:
Introduce the large pictures.
Present any new terminology.
The child can read the labels and match them to the appropriate parts.
The child can check his work with the control charts. Introduce the invertebrate example.
Review what an invertebrate is and discuss examples.
Present the new terminology.

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