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Vertebrate / Invertebrate Sorting
Science - Zoology
Level Primary
Materials Labels: Vertebrate & Invertebrate
pictures of vertebrate and invertebrate animals

In this activity the child sorts pictures of animals (or figurines) by whether they are of vertebrates or invertebrates.


  1. Take the material to a mat or table.
  2. Place the labels at the top of the workspace.
  3. Sort the pictures by whether they are of a vertebrate or an invertebrate.

Points of Interest

Control of Error

  • color-coded dots could be put on the backs of the cards to allow the child to check the work

Variations and Extensions


Make Your Own

Further Reading

Children's Books

Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara Levine