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Animal Classification Cards ~ Literature Based Resources

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Before Five in a RowThis year we’ll be using a lot of literature based studies with Kaleb and one of the things that I loved about the program was the animal classification that is targeted in the books that are read. Over the summer friends and I poured over each of the books from a series of books and made a list of 70 animals, insects, reptiles and more that are shown in the books to put together as a fun resource.

The result? A set of Animal Classification Fandex cards to use with our reading.

BFIAR fandex example

Each card includes the animal’s name, a photo image of that animal, and a brief tidbit about that animal. Along the bottom of the cards, you will also find a listing of which books that bearanimal can be found in {note: some of the animals may be stuffed animals on the shelf or part of a picture on the wall}.

When starting a book unit, you can pull out the cards that go along with that book and have your child find those animals in the story. At the end of this printable there are reference pages that list the animals found in each of the books so that you can quickly pull out the cards needed for your lesson.

You can punch a hole in the bottom of the cards and create a fandex of the cards. Group classification cards are also provided if you would like to sort the animals into categories/classes {mammals, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, fish and birds}.

Want a set of your own to print off? We have a HUGE stack of cards and the kids are having so much fun flipping through them and learning different fun facts!

Download the Animal Classification Cards here

Find these and more of my Literature Based Printables on my website.

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Note: When printing, do NOT use ‘Shrink to Printable Area’ in settings or the cards will NOT print out correctly in size! Choose the “NONE” setting under page scaling options so cards will be same size.

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  1. David & Sarah Lindblom says

    I love these! We will be using them for first grade this coming fall. Thanks so much!

  2. What a great resource! Thank you!

  3. Julianne says

    THANK YOU!!! I am so very grateful for the AMAZING job you did with the animal classification cards and EVERYTHING else I have looked at!! You have saved me many hours of prep time and you are truly a blessing!! I shared your page on my FIAR facebook group! Hope that was okay with you! Thanks again!!

  4. domestickrys says

    I am having trouble opening the file. I’ve tried several times. :( Can you please help?

  5. This morning, I was on my sixth book in the Before Five in a Row series and had finally forced myself to start the time consuming project of creating my own animal classification cards. Within seconds of searching online, I found your classification cards and couldn’t believe my eyes! The many hours of work had already been done for me, and with beautiful pictures and fun fact to learn! THANK YOU! My 3 year old loved them as she helped me find specific cards this morning and learned to say the word “mammals.”

    • Yay!!! So glad they were a help to you!! :) Enjoy them!

    • I also downloaded your printable packets for Before Five in a Row books and am looking forward to using those as well! Thanks so much for sharing, free! I did run into problems with The Runaway Bunny printables, I’m not able to view or print.

  6. Katie Brooks says

    I am soooo happy I found this! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for, only better. : ) Thank you for sharing all your hard work with us!

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