Knowledge Organiser (Living Things)
Learning: What is scientific classification?
Read through the Classifying Conundrums Powerpoint and learn about how scientists sort things by classifying them.
You are the taxonomist who has to sort the zoo animals. Choose one zoo animal list from the three provided and use the Zoo Classification document to write how you would sort and classify the group of animals for your zoo.
(If you are not able to print out the documents, or collect copies from the school office, please write the answers in your English exercise book you have at home.)
If you need help - I have added an example Classification that has been partially completed.
Remember to post your classifications on your class blog.
Day 1 documents
Learning: What is the Linnaen Classification system?
Read through the Linnaen System Powerpoint below and learn about the classification system that this Swedish scientist created. It is quite a complicated system that might require you to read it more than once.
(I've added the quiz as a challenge for you to do when you have finished the main task or at the end of the week when you have complete this topic.)
Choose one of the living things from the activity sheet and classify it according to the Linnaen Classification system. You will need to do some research using the internet or science books (if you have any at home).
(Again - if you are not able to print out or collect copies from the office you may just write your answers in your English exercise book that you have at home.)
Create your own mnemonic for how to remember all the different levels in the Linnaen Classification system.
Don't forget to post your answers on your Class blog.
Day 2 documents
Learning: How to identify characteristics of animals
Read through the Curious Creatures Powerpoint and learn how to identify different characteristics of animals in order to help with classifying them.
Have a go at identifying the characteristics of the different animals on the Activity Sheet below (the answers are included - don't cheat!). Match the statements to the animals.
Design and create your own 'Curious Creature' by drawing it and writing about its characteristics. When this is done you can post it on the Class blog and your class mates can classify it according to its characteristics.
(Use the sheets printed or your English exercise book).
Don't forget to post your answers on the Class blog.
Day 3 documents
Learning: What is a microorganism?
Read through the Microorganism Powerpoint and learn all about good and bad microorganisms like bacteria and viruses (like the Corona Virus).
Have a look at the Helpful or Harmful cards and see if you can decide whether the microorganisms are helpful or harmful.
Task 2 (optional)
If you have some spare pieces of bread and a couple of clear plastic sandwich bags, you could conduct this observational science experiment on making mould. Complete the mould investigation activity sheet, thinking carefully about the variables.
You can come back to the results of this investigation next week or the week after.
Don't forget to post your answers and investigation sheets on your Class Blog.