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704.372.6261 x300

Get up close to amazing creatures and learn about the habitats, life cycles and adaptations of these lively Museum residents. Learn how to classify these animals into special groups.

Major Concepts to Be Explored:

  • Scientists classify animals based on distinguishing characteristics, similarities, and differences.
  • Animals share basic needs including food, water, shelter, and space.

Essential Standards:

K.L.1, 1.L.2, 2.L.1, 2.L.2

Goals of the Class:

To enable participants to correctly classify animals based on their physical characteristics.

Class Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand which animals belong to various classifications by recognizing the distinguishing characteristics of that group.
  • Notice similarities and differences of animals within the same group as well as similarities and differences in animals of different groups.
  • Observe the characteristics of a live animal in order to accurately predict its classification.

Methods and Activities:

  • Participants will discuss the various groups of animals and their identifying characteristics.
  • Participants will rotate through hands-on learning centers where they can make observations of similarities and differences and explore examples of animals from each group.
  • Participants will observe several live animals and predict their classification based on their physical characteristics.

Key Vocabulary:

Classification, similarities, differences, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, insects, mammals, arachnids, vertebrates, invertebrates, cold-blooded, warm-blooded

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Pre K - Grade 2
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $14 per student (includes Museum admission)
  • Minimum 15 students