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Book 39: Is This an Animal?: Introducing the Animal Kingdom

Levels: 1-4
Contextual strands: Living world icon. Living world


Most children are familiar with many animal species and their behaviour. They can build on this experience to learn the differences and similarities between different groups of animals and understand how these groups are related. Conversely, the children's familiarity may lead to misconceptions and confusion over what is an animal and what is not. This book and Is This a Plant? , Book 35, are designed to inform children about living things and provide a basis for understanding how animals and plants are classified according to the scientific system. Children tend to be familiar with mammals but not aware of the wide variety of very diverse creatures in the animal kingdom.

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Is This an Animal?: Introducing the Animal Kingdom.

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Links with other titles in the series

This book is aimed at levels 1–2. It forms a basis for the concepts and activities of many other books at a similar level in the series, especially:

Assessment resources

Search the science section of the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.