Life Science

S5L1. Students will classify organisms into groups and relate how they determined the groups with how and why scientists use classification.
a. Demonstrate how animals are sorted into groups (vertebrate and invertebrate) and how vertebrates are sorted into groups (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal).
b. Demonstrate how plants are sorted into groups.


BBC KS2 Bitesize - Variations – interactive to help students determine how organisms are classified (S5L1)

ARKive Images of Life on Earth – Excellent K-12 resources out of New Zealand with PowerPoint presentations, activities and handouts, teacher guides, and more. ARKive’s free teaching resources cover a range of key science and biology subjects including: adaptation, endangered species, food chains, Darwin and natural selection, classification, identification, conservation and biodiversity. The images are stunning and are sure to engage students. (S5L1a,b)

Classification of Animals - Students will learn how the Dichotomous key works to classify animals. (S5L1a)

Animal Traits Matching - Students will match traits to specific animals and will determine which animals share the same traits. (S5L1a)

A Touch of Class: This is an interactive activity in which students classify various plants and animals, including organisms such as a frog, jellyfish, venus flytrap, bat, human, and seaweed. The categories into which students place these organisms include Animals, Things With Webbed Feet, Fish, Things That Lay Eggs, Mammals, and others. (S5L1a, b)