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.
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.
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.