Age Suitability: P4 - P7
Availability: Edinburgh Zoo
Duration of lesson: 1 hour 20 minutes
Maximum Class Size: 33
Discover the diversity of vertebrate animals (mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish) through close observation and handling.
An introduction to the diversity of animal life and the classification of vertebrates through handling and close observation. Children will have the chance to meet a frog, a mammal (rat or guinea pig), a snake and a bird, as we observe the differences in breathing, body covering and breeding (the three Bs!) between the five vertebrate groups (mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish). The lessons end with a mystery encounter, encouraging children to use their knowledge of the five vertebrate groups to come to a decision about the identity of an unknown animal.
This session does not include a walkabout tour in the Zoo.
- To realise there is a huge diversity of life on earth.
- To understand that we must group living things in order to make sense of them.
- To identify the five vertebrate groups through observation of some of the more distinguishing features.
Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes
- SCN1-01a ‘I can distinguish between living and non living things. I can sort living things into groups and explain my decisions.’
- SCN 2-01a ‘I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity. I can relate physical and behavioural characteristics to their survival or extinction.’