In this lesson students understand the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, identify the major classes in the phylum Chordata and classify an organism in its natural environment.
Brainstorm different organisms that would belong in the kingdom Animalia. Complete the worksheet Animal alphabet (Word, 392 KB).
Play animal celebrity heads (as in lesson 1) and suggest that students use what they have learnt in the previous lessons on classification.
Origami crab, YouTube (4:07 mins). Video
L23 Fish out of water, NDLRN. Learning object
Key to the invertebrates, CSIRO. Classification activity
Animal alphabet (Word, 392 KB)
A better class of animal (Word, 399 KB)
A classy key (Word, 382 KB)
Changing classification systems (Word, 612 KB)
Teaching resources for 7–11 year olds. Species discovery, ARKive. Unit of work
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