Classification of Life

Animal, vegetable, or mineral? The second installment of a five-part video series focuses on the classification of life. The video briefly covers the taxonomic levels and then applies the classification to  humans. The video also covers how people derive scientific names for living things from this classification.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils create their own taxonomic classifications, such as for books, clothing, etc.
  • Instruct learners to research the taxonomic classifications of their favorite animals or plants
Classroom Considerations
  • Introduce the term taxonomy, as it is not covered in the video
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Pros
  • Uses a simple example of music to introduce classification
  • Introduces a mnemonic device to help remember the taxonomic levels
Cons
  • Graphics are very basic and not likely to capture student interest