Non-Fiction | 5 August 2015Categorizing Creatures: An Animal Facts Reboot Share article facebook twitter google pinterest In the classroom, animal reports can take on a recycled air as students tackle the same topics and animal facts year after year. For a project on marine life, students are most likely to turn to whales and sharks; for the grasslands, teachers will find plenty of projects on snakes and coyotes; and assignments on the rainforest are likely to be populated with poisonous frogs and jaguars. To be sure, these creatures are popular for a reason (what’s more fascinating than a frog that stores deadly venom in its skin?) – but wouldn’t it be nice to spice things up a bit? It seems like it’s high time our reports received a makeover. Instead of categorizing animals by habitat or environment, teachers might consider assigning a project on the many different spotted animals, from the deer to the stingray, or a book report that compares various animals who thrive in solitude, such as the giant tortoise or praying mantis. Putting animals into new categories pushes students to look at animals from different perspectives and tap into their creativity – who knows what sort of exciting ideas will emerge! By sorting the animals into ingenious categories like “the pretty-in-pinks” and “the sprinters,” Creaturepedia takes a fresh look at the animal kingdom and celebrates the uniqueness of each and every species. You wouldn’t assume that the dolphin and the honey bee belonged under the same umbrella, but according to Creaturepedia, both animals are total brainboxes – the dolphin is self-aware and the honey bee exercises swarm intelligence! Brimming with fun facts, quirky illustrations, and rare species that could keep a naturalist entranced for ages, Creaturepedia is a great source for animal assignments. We’ve included a sneak peek below of some of our favorite categories, from the loud-mouthed creatures to the most regal animals. Print out the pictures to get students thinking about animals in a whole new way! The Big Mouths Excerpted from Creaturepedia The Natterjack toad: Male call can be heard several kilometres away Field cricket: Makes sounds by rubbing its wings together The Homebodies Dugong: Good memory allows it to return to same place after long travels Red Scorpion Fish: Does not stray from its territory Oyster: Lives with others on seabed forming an oyster reef Crayfish: Vigorously defends burrow from intruders Sea sponge: Young sponges drift in the water, adults are attached to seabed Moray eel: Aggressive if burrow is disturbed Magpie: Breeding pairs have territory of about 12 acres Hermann’s tortoise: Strong homing instinct Common kingfisher: Very territorial; controls a stretch of river Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.