Hands-on Sorting Vertebrates and Invertebrates

If you have kids interested in animals, teach them about their body structure and expanded their learning of vertebrates and invertebrates with this simple hands-on sorting activity!

Kids will have fun sorting animals by vertebrates or invertebrates with this free printable!

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We did this activity a couple of months ago when we were trying out a homeschool curriculum. The curriculum ended up being involving too much reading and writing for Caden at this time, but we still had fun with some hands-on activities I planned to go along with the lessons.

Sorting Vertebrates and Invertebrates

Materials Needed:

  • variety of animal figurines
  • cardstock paper
  • printer
  • printable pages download

Sorting vertebrates and invertebrates set up

How to Prep & Set Up:

  1. Download and print Vertebrates and Invertebrates free printables pages.
  2. Set out the printable sorting pages with a variety of animal figurines.

Sorting Vertebrates and Invertebrates Lesson:

For this lesson we read about skeletal structures of different animals in the Encyclopedia of Animals.

Then using the free printable sorting pages I made, we sorted a variety of miniature animal figurines. I made the printables with images for non-readers and words for readers. You can print them for free by clicking on the images below. You’re welcome!

vertebrates page   Invertebrates Printable Page

I was quite surprised at how much my son understood that some animals have vertebrates or bony skeletons and some creatures are invertebrates or have exoskeletons. He was easily able to sort the animals and creatures to the proper page.

sorting animals


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