Sunday, April 22, 2012

Animal Classification Foldable

I actually meant to upload this post awhile back, but then State Testing madness and prep hit... so I didn't get a chance to post this.

My students were studying Animal Classification Systems and I decided to have them make this foldable that would help them practice seeing and using the 8 levels of classification!

I started out by using an animal they were all familiar with - the average house cat.  I pulled up the official classification levels for a house cat as my prep to the lesson.

To start, I told them the quick story of "Sparky" my mom's cat that she rescued from death... who repaid her kindness by peeing all over my parents house.  They all loved to hear about Sparky!  Then, we started folding.  I did a common flap fold - this time separating the fold into eight "windows."

Actual directions:

  1. Fold in half - Hot Dog Style
  2. Place one finger on the paper and fold your top flap back... up to your fingertip.  This will leave a small unfolded/uncut section for your title.  You can see in the pic to the left - this section is where you put your title!
  3. Cut!  In half, in half again and so on, until you have four bottom flaps.  Then repeat to the top section.  I numbered my flaps, which helped them see what they needed to end up with.

    (I always model each one of these steps in front of the class before my students fold or start to cut.  Then I walk the room to make sure they are folding/cutting correctly.  Usually, I'm able to fix the problems before they mess it up so badly they need a new paper.)
We filled in the information together and this is what mine looked like!  Honestly, I wish they didn't turn in this so early... it would have been great for their Animal Projects they're working on now.   

What is everyone else's favorite foldable to use in class?!


  1. This is exactly the thing I was looking for! Thanks and keep up the hard work:)

  2. THANK YOU! Our textbooks are very inadequate. I have to find so many extra resources to fill in the gaps. Do you know of any other 5th/6th grade material?

  3. Love it! Thank you!

  4. This is perfect for explaining the different levels of classification. Thanks!

  5. What website do you recommend for 5th graders to go to to find the Classification of their favorite animal?

  6. This is cool,but I'm pretty sure it should say "phylum" rather than "phyla." Phyla is plural, but organisms are only classified into one phylum...

  7. And "genus," also the singular form of the word.


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