DESCRIBING ANIMALS

 

WHAT TO DO

Read the text. Tick on the blue words to learn more. Then do Activity 1
 
Animals are so numerous and so different that scientists have classified them so that it is easier to study them.
There are five classes of vertebrates: mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. The two most common classes of invertebrates are arachnids (spiders) and insects.
The animals in each group are similar, so we get a first idea what the animal looks like when we know what class it belongs to, but we need more information about their SIZE, COLOUR or SPECIAL FEATURES to make a mental picture of it.
 
 
 

 

 

WRITING TIP

When you describe an animal, you have to think of its most outstanding features and describe them in an interesting way; it is silly to say “a giraffe has got two eyes” or “a zebra has got teeth”, but it is interesting to say “a spider has got eight eyes” or “a walrus has got two extremely long teeth called tusks”.

 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
ACTIVITY 1
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