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Classification of Living Things

Video Objectives

  1. Students will understand that scientists use classifications to group living things.
  2. Students will learn and understand that the classification system divides living things into groups by their similarities and differences.
  3. Students will identify and understand that the classification system starts with the largest group of organisms and with each further step moves to smaller and smaller groups until the smallest group.
  4. Students will learn and understand the purpose of classifying living things is to make it easier for scientists to find and share information.

Classroom Activites

  1. The teacher can group the students and provide each group with an envelope of various pictures of living things. In the envelope, there should also be labels for each of the five kingdoms. The students should work cooperatively to sort the various pictures into the appropriate kingdoms. The backs of the pictures can allow for self-checking or another verification method can be used. The students can use the materials to study and practice the kingdoms and learning which animals go with which kingdom.
  2. Teacher can provide pairs of students with pictures of common animals and their scientific names. These should be limited to obvious scientific names (i.e. American alligator - Alligator mississippiensis). The students can match the picture of the animal to its appropriate scientific name.

Vocabulary Words

1. Amoeba
2. Amphibians
3. Animals
4. Archaea
5. Archaea
6. Arthropod
7. Bacteria
8. Bacteria
9. Binomial
10. Birds
11. Cell
12. Cell wall
13. Class
14. Classification system
15. Classify
16. Cnideria
17. Cold-blooded
18. Decaying
19. Domain
20. Echinodermata
21. Eukarya
22. Exoskeleton
23. Family
24. Fish
25. Fungus
26. Genus
27. Invertebrate
28. Kingdom
29. Mammals
30. Mildew
31. Mold
32. Mollusca
33. Nonvascular
34. Nucleus
35. Order
36. Organism
37. Paramecium
38. Phylum
39. Plants
40. Porifera
41. Protists
42. Reptile
43. Seeds
44. Species
45. Spores
46. System
47. Vascular
48. Vertebrate

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Classification of Living Things

A routine castle tour turns enchanting when King Philip shows up to teach a lesson on classification. Using examples from his castle, microscopic footage, and animation, King Philip helps us see and make sense of difficult concepts. Mnemonics help students memorize the levels of classification from Domain to Species! The differences between the thr...

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Chapters (01-10)

 00 - Play All
01 - Introduction
02 - Classification System -...
03 - Naming and Memory Tool
04 - The Four Kingdoms
05 - Domain Comparison
06 - Protists
07 - Fungi
08 - The Plant Kingdom
09 - Animal Kingdom
10 - Review

Classification of Living Things
Classification of Living Things

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