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Animal Classification
Goal: To be able to understand the main terms and broad categories of animals.
Grade Level: K-2
Author: JungleWalk

Pictures are one of the best ways to introduce animals to young children, especially at kindergarten through 2nd grade level. It is better to initially start off with pictures of common animals with very vivid expressions and funny and cute images. Each section below illustrates some simple animal classifications and is accompanied by a slide show. If you have a high-speed internet connection, you can also watch some of the accompanying video clips

Carnivores vs Herbivores

Carnivores are animals that hunt and eat other animals for food. Carnivores have long sharp teeth for tearing and ripping flesh. Herbivores are animals that mostly eat plants and they have flat teeth to grind food. Show pictures of horse, deer ,etc. Being a carnivore or herbivore does not depend on size because big animals like elephants, antelopes, and rhinoceros (show pictures) can also eat plants and a small animal like a mouse can eat other small animals. Omnivores are animals that eats both plants and meat.

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  • Raccoon - an omnivore

Land vs. Water Animals
Some animals live in water and some in land. Using the slide show below, show pictures of lion, zebra, tiger, etc. as examples of animals that live in land and pictures of duck, cranes, turtle, and mention that these are animals that live in water.

The slide show below illustrates different water and land animals.

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Turkey vulture
Scavengers are animals that eat other dead animals. Show photos of ravens, vultures and hyenas. show the strong jaws or hooked mouth that is used tear out the meat from dead animals

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  • Hyena carrying off a dead animal
  • Hyenas and Vultures competing for carrion
  • Watch an Andean Condor in flight

  • Hyena's 'whoop' calling

Noctural or Night Animals
Nocturnal animals sleep during the day and are awake and active at night. They usually have sharp eyesight that works better in the dark to guide them during their night activity. Show pictures of owls, raccoons, etc. Below is a video of 3 barn owls. They live in tree holes and other dark areas.

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  • Three barn owls

Eagle Owl

Cold Blooded vs Warm Blooded Animals

Cold Blooded animals have body temperature that vary with the environment. When it is cold outside the body temperature decreases and when it is hot outside the temperature increases. So many of these animals slow down in the winter (hibernate). Examples are fishes, amphibians like frogs, reptiles, mammals like bears, etc.

The following slide show alternates between cold and warm blooded animals

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Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates
Animals which have a backbone are called vertebrates, e.g., fishes, birds, mammals, etc. Animals which do not have backbones are called invertebrates, e.g., jellyfish, ladybug, dragon fly, etc. See the following 2 videos, one of a jellyfish and the other of a crocodile (from the Crocodilian Biology Database) to compare the bone structure of a invertebrate and a vertebrate - the flexibility of the jellyfish vs the streamlined body of the crocodile.

The following slide shows displays a sequence of invertebrate pictures followed by pictures of vertebrates

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  • Jellyfish video
  • Crocodile Video


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