Animal Classification

So many animals, so many characteristics—how do we classify them all? A short tour of taxonomy awaits within a helpful Fuse School video on Evolution. Science scholars see how scientists sort animals into the main classes and what traits they use to further separate these organisms.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pause the video when instructed to give the class time to come up with their own lists of characteristics for the animals shown
  • Plan time for the resource during your taxonomy unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Quickly review the levels of classification to make sure learners remember where phylum is placed
Pros

  • The narrator creates acronyms to aid pupils in remembering the main animal phyla
  • Contains information organized in charts to further help with understanding
Cons

  • None
Common Core