Animal Classifications Lesson Plan

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Animal Classifications Lesson Plan
Subject(s) Science
Topic or Unit of Study Animal Classifications
Grade/Level Grade 3

Objective:
With the completion of the Animal Classifications lesson, students will understand and know the following: 1. Students will know what classification means. Classification is the arrangement of objects, ideas or information into groups. 2. Students will understand that the objects or members of a particular classification have one or more characteristics or behaviors in common. 3. Students will understand that classifications are made throughout our society in many different ways. 4. Students will understand that classifications are made in science, with the classifications of animals and plants. 5. Students will understand that scientific classifications of animals are made on the basis of certain characteristics each class have in common. 6. Students will understand that the identification and study of animals is made easier with the use of animal classifications. 7. Students will be able to identify the seven major animal classifications, and why animals are in the same class or in a different class.

Summary:
The Animal Classifications Lesson will require students to use critical thinking skills and higher level thinking when learning the meaning of classification and how our surroundings are grouped and classified in different ways. Students will gain knowledge on the many characteristics of different types of animals. Students will learn how animal characteristics relate and differ from one another in order to form a class. Students will gain knowledge on the importance of grouping and classifying in the study of animals, science and everyday life.

Learning Context:
This lesson gives students the opportunity and motivation to discuss and learn different classification schemes and how classifications are determined in science with different types of animals and also in the world around them. Through learning about different types of animals, students will learn to make observations and knowledgeable decisions about the similarities and differences amongst animals and how these relate to classifying animals.

Task Analysis/Procedure:
1. Begin this lesson by introducing the term classification to the students in discussion. Using the Smartboard, write the word "Classification" on the Smartboard Notebook, so the students can visually see the word. Write out the definition (for the sake of this lesson) underneath the word "Classification": "The arrangement of objects, ideas or information into groups." 2. Encourage discussion amongst the classroom by asking students "What are some things that we classify in our daily lives?" Provide some examples to start off discussion: tools, food, clothing, furniture, etc. Continue discussion by explaining and pointing out to the students why things around us are classified. Explain to students the similar characteristics between each classification. Also, explain to students the differences between the characteristics of different classes of objects. 3. Ask students "Why are things in our surroundings classified?", "Does classifying make our daily lives easier and more convenient?" Use these questions to encourage students' curiosity, understanding and learning of classifications in our daily lives. Ask students "Do you think that the study of science in animals and plants would be better with the use of animal classifications?" Use informal assessment to take notice of the understanding and comprehension of “Classification” and how classification is used in our daily lives and how it is important to the study of plants and animals in science. 4. Bring the students attention to the Smartboard, bringing the short discussion on classification to a close momentarily. Through the Smartboard, show the Powerpoint presentation on the background of Animal Classifications. Click the...
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