Vertebrate – Invertebrate Sorting Cards

I wanted to let you know that I have just made some new Montessori vertebrate-invertebrate sorting cards and added them to the 100+ page Animal Unit.

The Animal Unit covers animal classification, animal characteristics, spiders vs. insects, nocturnal vs diurnal animals, animal tracks, herbivores-carnivores-omnivores, and more!

Vertebrate - invertebrate Montessori Cards

I included a sorting mat, as well as labels for the Montessori 3-part vertebrate-invertebrate cards.  If you laminate the cards, you kids can use a dry erase marker to trace the names of the various animals.

This new pdf is about 30 pages. The animal unit is well over 100 pages. Plus, there is a animal classification activity pdf as well.

If you purchased the Big Animal Bundle or the Animal Unit on its own, you should have gotten an update email from SendOwl (the delivery service I use) with your download link. If you didn’t get that, feel free to email me! ~Liesl

Summer is my opportunity to make some updates and catch up on some things that I don’t get to when I’m working with my three kids during the school year! Hope these are helpful!

When my kids were little, we often brought out this bullfrog skeleton as we talked about the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates.   It is called a Transparent Bullfrog. (affiliate link) It’s a really nice size–about fourteen inches or so. There is also an 11-inch transparent frog (affiliate link) that is similar has some internal organs.

If you are interested in our Animal Packet, you can scroll down to read more about it or visit this page to find out about the Big Animal BUNDLE

(which includes the 1. Animal Unit, 2. World Animals Packet, 3. Rainforest Packet, 4. Winter Unit – the seasons, polar animals, whales, and a hibernation unit, 5. Life Cycles Unit – learn about the life cycles of ten different animals)

The Animal Unit covers various topics such as body coverings (feathers, fur, scales, skin),  the different types of animals (vertebrates, invertebrates), animal characteristics, insects vs. spiders, domesticated vs. wild animals, animal tracks, animal homes and shelters and much more!


animal body coverings: feathers, fur, scales and skin. This section includes a couple of notebook pages about why animal’s body coverings are so different.  Younger students can use the tracing pages provided.  There is also a set of sorting cards and a sorting mat as well as a practice worksheet for the different types of body coverings.

Feathers Fur Scales or Skin Worksheets and Sorting Cards

Here are some of the materials that are also included in the Animal Packet:

Vertebrate – Invertebrate Sorting Cards

Vertebrate - Invertebrate Cards

Vertebrate - Invertebrate WorksheetsAnimal Characteristics:


The 5 animal groups worksheetsAnimal characteristics worksheets animal classification

  • Animal Body Coverings – feathers, fur, scales, skin
  • Types of Animals and Animal Characteristics – In this section, we go over some of the traits common to mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish (ie. having a backbone, being warm (or cold) blooded, feeding their young with milk, laying eggs… etc. etc.)
  • Types of Animal cut-and-paste activity (below)
  • “What Am I?” Identify worksheet
  • Types of Animals – Exceptions! — Did you know that the platypus is a mammal that lays eggs?  This notebook page talks about some exceptions to traits discussed above
  • Insects vs. spiders
  • Invertebrate groups — and their characteristics (legs, no legs, antenna or no antenna, etc.)
  • Animal and their Tracks – Montessori 3-part cards (which you can use to play a “Memory Game” – placing all the cards face down and trying to pick out matches); also animal and their tracks matching pages
  • Wild vs. Domesticated Animals – Sorting Cards; Notebook Pages
  • Nocturnal vs. Diurnal Animals – Sorting Cards, identification page
  • Whose Tongue? – Fun identification page, notebook page

Below you’ll find few more screenshots of what is included:


Classification of Animals Activity and Worksheets - Vertebrates-Invertebrates


Animal Homes and Shelters - Where do animals live worksheetsHerbivores Carnivores Omnivores Worksheets Activities Sorting Cards Herbivore Carnivore Omnivore Notebook Pages Worksheets herbivore carnivore omnivore sorting cards and sorting mat

I also added in some fun pages about Animal Tongues.  If you’re scratching your head about that… my kids — especially my girls, really love learning about animals.  I thought it would be fun to talk about tongues as we start off our digestive system unit this coming semester!

There is a page where they have to identify “Whose Tongue?”  And, there are some notebook pages that talk about the many functions of animal tongues… from eating and drinking, to smelling and cooling themselves down. Again, there is a tracing page for those of you who are using this unit with younger kids.

Animal -TonguesNocturnal Animal Quick Study - Opossums Raccoons Skunks BeaversNocturnal Animal- Interactive Notebook Pieces Nocturnal Animal Quick Study - Tracing Pages

The price of this packet is still $5.99. 🙂  You can use the link below to purchase it – or you can read even more about it here: Animal Unit: Vertebrate-Invertebrate Animals Worksheet Packet.

Note:  If have any trouble with your download remember you can always contact me! ~Liesl

Be sure to check out the BUNDLE options below! (It can be bundled with the World Animal Unit or in a the Big Animal Bundle of 5.)

Animal Unit


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Note: The Animal Unit is included in our Big Animal BUNDLE. Details at this page or down below!!


NEW: Big Animal BUNDLE – 1) Animal Unit, 2) World Animals Packet, 3) Rainforest Packet, 4) Life Cycles Packet, 5) Winter Packet & Hibernation Unit

Visit the Big Animal BUNDLE page for more details (and many more pictures!)

Big Animal Bundle

The World Animal Packet is 75+ pages. It covers animals of the 7 continents.  There is a new section all about African animals of the savanna.

The Rainforest Packet is 50+ pages. Here’s the table of contents for this packet: Amazon Rainforest Facts, rainfall in the Amazon, Animals & Insects of the Amazon, Layers of the Rainforest Activities and more

Rainforest Unit - Animals of the Rainforest Layers of the Rainforest

The Life Cycles Packet is 50+ pages. It helps kids become familiar with the different stages in the life cycles of the chicken, sea turtle, frog, mosquito, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, mouse, and ladybug.

The Winter Packet and Hibernation Unit is 100+ Pages.  The first part covers Growing Crystals, Months/ Seasons, Earth’s Axis and the Seasons, Arctic vs. Antarctica, Polar Animals, Penguins, Seals, Whales, about a dozen PreK Activity Pages. The Hibernation Unit covers: why animals hibernate, terms such as torpor, brumation, estivation, diapause, endotherms vs. ectotherms.  Plus, it covers where animals spend the winter and the dangers of hibernation. It includes various activities such as notebook pages, interactive notebook/lapbook pieces, matching and tracing pages.


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Again, visit the Big Animal BUNDLE page for more pictures and more details!

Big Animal Bundle

Another option is to purchase the Small Animal BUNDLE: Animal Packet and World Animal Cards


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Small Animal BUNDLE OPTION: Animal Unit and World Animal Unit


World Animals Worksheets Activity PagesWorld Animals Pin Map

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