Activity Introduction

You have discovered a never before seen animal in your backyard. It’s unlike anything else that has ever existed! The world is waiting for you to release the first pictures of this creature, and since you discovered it, you get to name it as well.

Every animal on the planet can be classified (sorted) according to this system. There are rules about what features an animal has to have to fit into a certain category. Whilst every animal fits into the Animalia Kingdom, the levels get more and more specific. So lions and tigers are identical right up until the Species level, which makes sense because cats are very similar in almost every way.

Classifying animals is known as taxonomy.

Safety advice: Be careful when using scissors and make sure never to run with them in your hand.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle Primary Ages 7 – 9

Themes:

  • be creative 

Time required: 20 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Science, Visual Arts, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

If your kid/s are having difficulty being creative, ask them about some of their favourite animals and the features about them they like. Try combining two or more animals to form a completely new animal.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Invent an animal

Resources Required

  • Art supplies: coloured pencils or markers, paint, glue, scissors, coloured paper
  • Paint
  • White paper

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Species Discovery Drawing - Activity Instructions

You have discovered a never before seen animal in your backyard. It’s unlike anything else that has ever existed! The world is waiting for you to release the first pictures of this creature, and since you discovered it, you get to name it as well.

A man named Carolus Linnaeus was the first one to think about organising living things, way back in the 18th century.  We still use the basis of his system today.

Linnaeus’s system has seven levels:

  1. Kingdom
  2. Phylum
  3. Class
  4. Order
  5. Family
  6. Genus
  7. Species

Every animal on the planet can be classified (sorted) according to this system. There are rules about what features an animal has to have to fit into a certain category. Whilst every animal fits into the Animalia Kingdom, the levels get more and more specific. So lions and tigers are identical right up until the Species level, which makes sense because cats are very similar in almost every way.

Classifying animals is known as ta

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