5 Classes of Vertebrates Sorting

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5 Classes of Vertebrates Sorting
Science - Zoology
Materialspictures of the five different types of vertebrates
Labels: Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals

In this activity the child sorts pictures of vertebrate animals depending on whether they are fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, or mammals.


  1. Take the material to a mat or table.
  2. Explain to the child (or children) that there are five different types of vertebrates.
  3. Describe the differences between the types.
  4. Place the labels at the top of the workspace.
  5. Sort the pictures by which class of vertebrate they are an example of.

Points of Interest

Control of Error

  • color coded dots could be put on the back to allow the child to check the work

Variations and Extensions

  • models of animals could also be used instead of pictures


Make Your Own

Further Reading

Children's Books

Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara Levine: