Variation and classification (Bitesize)
Bitesize revision of the unit leading to a self test.
An excellent site to find out about different vertebrates. Contains videos, pictures and lots of background information.
Dichotomous key activity
Choose a creature and then answer the questions to identify it.
Doc Brown's variation quiz
A biology random multi choice quiz on variation.
Identify bugs that cause damage to old buildings. Learn about vertebrates, invertebrates, arthropods, insects and aranchnids.
Can you identify the aquatic creature using the key?
Drag and drop classification game. When completed, it links to a quiz on classification.
The mating game
Use this game to help understand the diversity of sexual strategies that different species use.
BBC Big Bang: sampling techniques
You can investigate whether the way cows stand in a field is connected to the magnetic field.
The Bug Club
Images and instructions for building a bug and making origami bugs.
OPAL - Open Air Laboratories
In Kids Zone you can try lots of different activities and quizes about different plants and animals. You can join in national surveys of where earthworms, bugs and trees are found, when they flower or first appear each year.
DeBug - Interactive Insects
Here you will find questions and answers about insects and their relatives. Play the
How do organisms vary?
Interesting activities and information on genetic variation. Goes into more detail than you need at this level, but provides good extension reading.
The gene scene
Activities looking at family similarites.
Making your own key
Some anatomical line drawings of bugs. Get pupils to devise a key to distinguish between them using their features.
Classification of plants & animals: families
Everything you ever wanted to know about classification of animals and plants, let pupils loose here for an extension activity.
A site that asks you questions to help identify any group of plants or animals. Also has some nice images of animal and plant groups.
Information handout for invertebrate families with a quiz/test at the end.
Animal diversity web.
Gives lots of information and links to help you research the animal kingdom. The site contains lots of pictures of animals and even has recordings of their sounds.
Ask before you print. Can you find any of these in your garden?
How to tell the difference between living and non-living things. Read through the revision pages, then do the activity and take the test to check you have understood.
Sort animals into groups based on their characteistics.
How many invertebrates are pictured on this page?
Thousands of video clips for researching different animals. Pupils can investigate habitats, diet, body shape, distributions etc for project/poster work.
Studying plant diversity
PDF giving details of how plants are classified.
What in the world is a dichotomous key?
Describes what a dichotomous key is and there are two examples for you to try out your identification skills.
Classification: grouping and identifying living things
PowerPoint that shows the groups that vertebrates and invertebrates belong to. Illustrated with some good photographs.
Classification PowerPoint presentation
PowerPoint presentation on how vertebrates are classified into groups. There are some useful links within the PowerPoint.
Pick a group and find out 3 things about it.
A web page that describes the characteristics of vertebrates and invertebrates.