Animal Classification: Mammals

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11359

Do you know what a mammal is? You may have one in your home if you have a pet! You might be a human one! Once you learn what a mammal is you will create a "mammal page" and draw your favorite mammals!


Life Science

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Which animal below is a mammal? They are all cute, but they are different. Find out how!

  • Did you say the fox is a mammal?

If you knew that, great job! Foxes are mammals! In this lesson, you are going to learn how to identify mammals.


Mammals are warm-blooded. Warm-blooded animals are able to regulate their body temperatures. This means a mammal's body temperature stays about the same their entire life. Mammals can be found all over the earth because they are able to regulate their body temperature.

Mammals are vertebrates. This means they have a backbone (spine). The picture below shows your backbone!

  • Can you feel your spine?

Animals that are mammals have backbones.

  • Can you see the horse's backbone?

Horses are mammals, too!

human and horse skeletons

Mammals have hair or fur on their body. People have hair on their head, and animals have fur all over.

  • Did you know dolphins and whales are mammals?

They have hair, too!

Mammals have live babies. This means mammals do not lay eggs! Mammals feed their babies with the milk they produce. The only mammals that hatch from eggs are spiny anteaters and duckbilled platypuses.

Lots of neat information about some pretty neat animals!

Continue on to the Got It? section to learn more about mammals.

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