Lesson Plan

Vertebrate or Invertebrate?

Use this lesson to teach your students about the different types of species and how to categorize them! Your students will learn characteristics about vertebrates and invertebrates.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and define a vertebrate and an invertebrate. Students will be able to classify animals as a vertebrate or an invertebrate.


(5 minutes)
Animal ClassesIdentify Invertebrates and Vertebrates
  • Tell your students that they will be learning about vertebrates and invertebrates.
  • Tell your students that a vertebrate has a backbone while an invertebrate does not.
  • Ask your students if they are vertebrates or invertebrates.