10 Types Of Vertebrates And 10 Types Of Invertebrates – Free Summer Printable

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You are invited to download the summer picture cards for sorting with ten types of vertebrates and ten types of invertebrates – learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with photographs to create hands-on summer activities for your students. This resource will come in handy if you are planning to explore animals in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.

vertebrates and invertebrates printables

Print on card stock and laminate for longer use. After cutting cards, draw with marker or stick dot stickers to the back of each set – one color for each set. Place the label cards in a row. Explain the difference between the two types of animals. Invite the child to sort cards into two categories.

After the child completed the task, invite him or her to flip the cards and self-check. Each card has to be under the correct category based on the dot color.

Young children can be encouraged to match the animal cards when printed twice and draw the animals they like the most using their choice of art medium.

Older children might be inspired to research and create their own books about vertebrates and invertebrates that dwell in your region.

vertebrates and invertebrates printables

When exploring vertebrates and invertebrates with your children you might like to give some of these hands-on activities a go:

  1. Make a skeleton using playdough to point out the difference between the two types of animal groups.
  2. Gather a bug catcher, net, and a magnifying glass next time you go outdoors and invite the children to explore insects they find in the grass and catch.
  3. Gather Safari TOOB figurines and invite the children to sort animals into two groups – vertebrates and invertebrates
  4. Explore the most common vertebrates and invertebrates found in your area – make a poster with your students.
  5. Discuss in a small group all the different ways children can protect animals in their natural habitat.
vertebrates and invertebrates printables

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Classification work with invertebrates from the six main groups.

Classification activity with invertebrates from the six main classes.
The printable features real photographic images of animals for sorting.

The printable contains:

  • classification poster for self-check
  • 3 working mat with 2 groups on each and 8 animals that represent them
  • matching pictures and label cards (for matching and reading activity matching the picture to the picture and the word to the word). Use picture cards for sorting.
  • 6 label cards for sorting
  • information cards for 6 classes of invertebrates: Porifera, Cnidaria, Mollusca, Arthropoda, Echinodermata, and Annelida

This printable is a part of the Nature Curriculum in Cards Series. 

The printable is suitable for children aged 3-7

Classification work with vertebrates from the five classes.
The printable features photographic cards for sorting and a black and white clipart for “cut, color, and sort” activity.

Classification activity with vertebrates from the five classes.
The printable features real photographic images of animals for sorting and a black & white clipart for the “cut, color and sort” activity.

The printable contains:

  • 40 animal cards for sorting ( 8 for each class)
  • 5 label cards
  • 5 information cards
  • student worksheet – classification poster (color and black & white) for self-check
  • workmat for sorting

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood Teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.


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