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Living Things and Their Habitats: Classification


Last week, we learnt all about Carl Linnaeus and his classification system. See what you can remember by answering the quiz questions below. I will post the answers later today.

  1. How many Kingdoms did Linnaeus originally include? 
  2. Which of his Kingdoms is no longer used in the standard system of classification? 
  3. What is the new level of classification that has been introduced above the kingdoms? 
  4. Approximately how many specimens of plants, animals and shells did Linnaeus collect and examine when working on his classification system? 
  5. Which edition of his ‘Systema Naturae’ is thought to be the most important? 
  6. Are amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles and fish classes or orders?
  7. Does the phylum chordata include vertebrates or invertebrates? 
  8. The definition of a species is a group of animals that can reproduce to produce fertile __________? 



Today we are going to focus on classifying vertebrates and invertebrates based on their characteristics. Look through the PowerPoint presentation to find out how some creatures are classified.

Imagine you have discovered a new creature. You are going to draw it and create a factfile detailing it’s characteristics.


Before you design it, think carefully about what group of animals it will belong to and make sure you include the characteristics of that group. For example, if your creature is to be classified as a crustacean it needs a hard, external shell, a head, abdomen and to be cold blooded.


You may choose to use the sheet below to design your creature on or you may want to use your own paper.


Once you have done, share your creature on the blog so we can guess what it is classified as!

Miss Riley