Classification of Vertebrate Animals - Under Construction

CT Science Frameworks

Structure and Function – How are organisms  structured to ensure efficiency and survival?

1.3 - Organisms change in form and behavior as part of their life cycles.

¨       Some organisms undergo metamorphosis during their life cycles; other organisms grow and change, but their basic form stays essentially the same.

A 1.       Describe the changes in organisms, such as frogs and butterflies, as they undergo metamorphosis.

A 2.       Describe the life cycles of organisms that grow but do not metamorphose.

Classification Unit:  The main objectives of this unit are to help students understand the system of classification and to facilitate their appreciation and understanding of the fascinating variety of animals in the animal kingdom.  Students will research, identify and classify many life forms from animals in their backyards to animals found around the world.


Ø     Describe how scientists distinguish between living and non-living things.


Ø     Living things are classified into kingdoms, classes and groups for many different reasons.  Identify the 6 major kingdoms, 5 classes of vertebrate animals and the 2 major groups of animals.


Ø     Explain how classification is an important part of our daily lives.