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Grouping Vertebrates

In this worksheet, students will practise basic classification by grouping animals with backbones according to the features we can see.

'Grouping Vertebrates' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Living Things and Their Habitats

Curriculum subtopic:   Grouping

Popular topics:   Biology worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

Scientists like to be organised. So, that means that all living things are grouped according to features which we can see (and some we can't!).

To start with, organisms are grouped as plants or animals - it makes humans feel 'comfortable' to have them sorted out!


Then, animals are divided into two groups: those with a backbone, the VERTEBRATES...

Lizard Cow

and those without, the INVERTEBRATES.

Lobster Tarantula


VERTEBRATES have a hard skeleton inside their bodies which gives them their shape. These animals are grouped as FISH, AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES, BIRDS and MAMMALS.  Oo, so much to find out about - let's get sorting!

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