Animal classification

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Animal classification separates the millions of species of animals into groups or classes of animals based on similar body structures. The main classes include; mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish. SCIS 1697992

Animal Classification

This interactive site introduces common animal classes to junior primary. Students can test their knowledge with the classification games that cover animals from the African savannah and the North American forest.

Suggested level: primary

Animals: Facts, Pictures and Videos

The National Geographic Kids website has an animal section that allows you to search by animal classification and explore information through various formats.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

A-Z Animals

The A-Z Animals site provides reference articles on animal classification and adjoining concepts. A range of information from a comprehensive list of animals is accessible. The site allows you to search by common and scientific names.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


To discover information on the schoolwork site ManyAnswers use the search term 'animal classification'.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Te Ara

The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand website – Te Ara offers a range of information on New Zealand native animals. This section on the Moa discusses the scientific classification of New Zealand’s extinct bird. Use key search terms ‘animal classification’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Britannica Online School Edition provides a range of information on animals and biological classification.School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Mang: the wild orangutan, by Joan van Loon, 2007 (picture book)
Fantail’s quilt, by Gay Hay, 2011 (picture book)
I am a Cat, by Jackie Morris, 2012 (picture book)
Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling, 2004 (fiction)
Who Am I?  by Gervase Phinn, 2012 (picture book)
Who is the World for?, by Tom Pow, 2000 (junior fiction)


Mammals. Discovery Channel.Youtube. 3:45

Classification of Species. Science Channel. 2:01