Vertebrate Animal Classification

Contributor: Beth Price. Lesson ID: 10223

Animals seem pretty different, yes? How would you keep track of the different kinds? They can be put into two big groups. Watch colorful videos to learn about vertebrates, if you have the backbone!

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Bible, Life Science

subject
Science
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Auditory, Visual
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Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
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Quick Query

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God created a huge collection of animals for the earth. So many, in fact, that there are too many to count! When scientists study animals, they classify them into groups. Did you ever ask yourself, "What makes a fish a fish?" "What type of animal is a snake?" "What is a mammal?" Watch some of the coolest animals and learn about vertebrates!

In Genesis Chapter 1, the Bible details the creation of the Earth.

In verses 20-25, the Bible describes the creation of every living creature of the sea, air, and land.

Teacher Read the following verses from Genesis Chapter 1:

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning — the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

When you classify things, you sort them into groups to show how they are alike. Since there are so many types of animals, it helps to classify them into groups.

Animals are classified into two main categories: vertebrates and invertebrates.

  • Vertebrates are animals that have a backbone and internal skeleton.
  • Invertebrates have no backbone.

In this lesson, you will learn about animals that are vertebrates. Tell me again what "vertebrate" means!

HINT: While you are learning about vertebrates, take some notes about the ones you like the most. You will need these at the end of the lesson!


In chapter 1, verse 20 in the book of Genesis, God said, "Let water team with living creatures . . . "

We can classify most animals that live in water as fish.

Fish

  • are cold-blooded.
  • breathe with gills.
  • usually have scales.
  • have fins.
  • have young that hatch from eggs.
  • have a backbone and internal skeleton (vertebrate).

Watch this colorful video about FISH from All Things Animal TV:

 

Can you name some fish that are vertebrates?


In verse 21, the Bible says, "So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind."

Birds

  • are warm-blooded.
  • have a body covered with feathers.
  • have a beak (and no teeth).
  • have wings.
  • have young that are hatched from eggs.
  • have a backbone and internal skeleton (vertebrate).

Watch this video on Birds from Happy Learning TV:

 

Can you name some examples of birds?


In verse 25, the Bible says, "God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good."

In the previous verses, birds and fish are discussed. In verse 25, God refers to animals that move along the ground. This includes animals we classify as mammals.

Mammals

  • are warm-blooded.
  • have hair or fur.
  • have babies that are born alive.
  • nourish their young with milk.
  • have a backbone and internal skeleton (vertebrate).

Watch this video on Mammals from Happy Learning TV:

 

What types of mammals can you name?


Different types of animals that can live on water or land are called amphibians.

Amphibians

  • often begin life living in water, then live on land as and adult.
  • have thin skin with no hair or scales.
  • reproduce by laying eggs.
  • have a backbone and internal skeleton (vertebrate).
  • are cold-blooded.

Watch this video on Amphibians from Happy Learning TV:

 

Can you name two types of amphibians?


Finally, the last group of animals we will learn about is the reptiles.

Reptiles

  • lay eggs.
  • have scales.
  • are cold-blooded.
  • have a backbone and internal skeleton.

Watch this video on Reptiles from Happy Learning TV:

 

What are three types of reptiles?

Now that you are familiar with these amazing creatures, continue on to the Got It? section to play a trivia game!

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