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Does it Have a Backbone? - Card Sorting Activity

Kids naturally enjoy sorting like objects. Use this simple card sorting activity to start your students thinking about different animal traits. This activity address whether animals have backbones – vertebrates vs. invertebrates.

This activity is a good way to access knowledge about animal traits before and/or after that lesson. Talk to students about vertebrate and invertebrates and use this activity to cement their knowledge.
This is an ideal activity to integrate into activity stations.

Card Sorting Activity
Animal Traits - Card Sorting Activity

Citing Research References

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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 >.

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Amsel, Sheri. "Does it Have a Backbone? - Card Sorting Activity" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2020. May 31, 2020
< > has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.

cheetah, tiger, panda, fox, bear, cougar