Animal Assemblies

In collaborative groups we will be working as taxonomists to classify the animals from the animal cards. A taxonomist identify groups of animals that share a lot of features in common.

Think about a dragonfly, the ant and the human.

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Which two might a taxonomist group together?

What features of these animals are similar?

How are they different?

Scientists just use a few key features to distinguish animals on these cards, into eleven different groups.

A branching key is a tool to help identify and classify objects.

A branching key includes questions to answer and arrows to follow until the object is classified.

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Try using the branching key to classify a cat.

This clip explains vertebrae.

Play the Buzz Bumble game by answering yes/no questions to identify smal animals using a branching key.

Sort animals into groups based on their physical features.



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