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Living Things and Their Habitats: Classification


We will start with a quick quiz to recap last week’s learning! Write down your responses – you can mark them later today when I upload the answers.

  1. What are vertebrates?
  2. Can you remember the definition of a fish?
  3. How many different species do scientist believe there are on Earth?
  4. What is classification?
  5. What do taxonomists do?


Task 1

Last week you sorted animals based on their similarities and differences. However, you may not have all sorted them the same way. Because of this, scientist need to use a standard recognised method for classifying living things. This is so scientist can identify, group and names species accurately. Without it living things could be classified differently by different scientist!

A scientist named Carl Linnaeus was important in the classification of species. Watch the clip to find out why!

For your first task, I would like you to research Carl Linnaeus and create an information poster about him and his work on classification. Make sure you include:

  • who he is
  • what the Linnaean System is
  • an explanation of each of the 8 parts of the Linnaean System

Click the arrow to find links to some helpful websites.  

Task 2

Now you know more about the Linnaean System you are going to use it. Choose one of the living creatures from the image below. Follow the levels of the classification system to classify it – how does it fit into each level of the standard system? Use the genus and the species to give the scientific name of the species. Use the internet to research the creature and find the information you need.

You may choose to use the sheet below or write it out yourself.

Miss Riley