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Animal Traits - Card Sorting Activity

Kids naturally enjoy sorting like objects. Use this simple card sorting activity to start your students thinking about different animal traits and groups (classes). This is an ideal activity to integrate into activity stations.

This activity is a good way to access knowledge about animal classification before and/or after that lesson. Talk to students about some of the unique traits of each of the gour groups (classes) of animals on which this activity focuses.

Card Sorting Activity
Animal Traits - Card Sorting Activity

Citing Research References

When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).

When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.

Here is an example of citing this page:

Amsel, Sheri. "Animal Traits - Card Sorting Activity" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2019. November 19, 2019
< http://www.exploringnature.org/db/view/Animal-Traits-Card-Sorting-Activity >

Exploringnature.org has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.

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