Classification of Animals

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We have begun our second Domain–Classification of Animals!   In the last few days, we have learned about how taxonomists classify animals.  We have learned about what makes animals warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals, what makes animals vertebrates and invertebrates, what makes the vertebrate groups different, and thanks to King Philip, how taxonomists narrow down all living things into smaller and smaller groups.  (Be sure to ask your student about King Philip!).    The class was astounded to learn that more than 95% of all the animals in the world are invertebrates and most of those animals are BUGS!   Our friend Rattenborough has taught us many interesting facts about the animal kingdom already, and we can’t wait to hear even more!  By the end of this Domain, your student should be very familiar with the following vocabulary words:

classify

vertebrate

invertebrate

taxonomist/taxonomy

warm-blooded/cold-blooded

constant

intermal

exoskeleton

spine

aquatic

spawn

amphibian

morph

transform

cavities

insulation

metabolism

reproduction