Variation and classification (Bitesize)
Bitesize revision of the unit leading to a self test.
Thousands of video clips for researching different animals. Pupils can investigate habitats, diet, body shape, distributions etc for project/poster work.
An excellent site to find out about different vertebrates. Contains videos, pictures and lots of background information.
The mating game
Use this game to help understand the diversity of sexual strategies that different species use.
Can you identify the aquatic creature using the key?
Drag and drop classification game. When completed, it links to a quiz on classification.
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.
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.
Making your own key
Some anatomical line drawings of bugs. Get pupils to devise a key to distinguish between them using their features.
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.
Introduction to fungi
Use these pages to research fungi
Classification of Protozoa
Protozoa classification resource
Carl Linnaeus fact sheet
For reading and discussion
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.
A web page that describes the characteristics of vertebrates and invertebrates.