Invertebrates

This page has science worksheets and printable activities for teaching your students about invertebrates (animals without a backbone). Below, you'll find a printable scavenger hunt, animal articles, cut-and-glue activities, and more.

We also have a separate page of insect worksheets.

Games & Activities
Have your student search the classroom for hidden invertebrate facts. They use the information on the fact cards to answer questions.
3rd through 6th Grades
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Cut out the sea animal picture squares, sort them into two groups, and glue them onto the paper. Animals include manatee, dolphin, starfish, jellyfish, whale, and seahorse.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Cut out the animal pictures and sort them into two groups: vertebrates and invertebrates.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Word Puzzles
Students are presented with a list of 28 animals. They circle the invertebrates and cross out the vertebrates. Then they circle the invertebrates in the word hunt puzzle.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Follow the maze by spelling out the names of spider species. The unused letters will spell out an interesting fact about spiders.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Print the cipher wheel on heavy card stock and cut it out. Use it to decode five fascinating facts about invertebrates.
3rd through 6th Grades
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Animal Articles
This file includes an article on pill bugs, as well as reading comprehension questions.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Did you know there are almost 2,000 different species of scorpions? Learn this and other fun facts about scorpions in this nonfiction article. Article includes comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and a writing prompt.
5th Grade
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Here's an article about pseudoscorpions, titled, "Hitchhikers in the Bathroom." Following this passage are reading comprehension questions and a vocabulary activity.
3rd through 5th Grades
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In this reading comprehension article, your students will read about tarantulas. Vocabulary and comprehension questions follow the story.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Discover the differences between spiders, beetles, and centipedes.
3rd through 5th Grades
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See also:
Insect Worksheets

Here you'll find a large collection of printable insect worksheets and activities.

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