Quick summary: Students tour the school grounds investigating how living things are classified based on similarities and differences in observable features. They learn how scientists use a hierarchical system of classification, and how living things can be classified into Kingdoms based on their features. Students use creative thinking to invent an organism and give it a scientific name. They then classify their organism based on its physical features. Finally, students are asked to speculate on the conservation status of their organism and to make recommendations about how this organism can be conserved and protected.
This lesson is designed to be taught outside. It contains all the tools required for students to reap the benefits of being outdoors while learning the outcomes of the Australian Curriculum. By spending time outdoors and connecting to nature, students are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.
We’ve taken elements of this lesson and adapted them for remote learning. You can find this activity here.
- Students understand that classification involves grouping organisms on the basis of similarities and differences in particular features.
- Students recognise that there are many ways we could classify living things, but that the hierarchical classification system is the one that scientists around the world use.
- Students understand how to use scientific conventions when naming organisms.
- Students identify actions required to conserve living things.
- Students recognise the mental, physical and academic benefits of completing classroom activities outside.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 Science
- Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms (ACSSU111)
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-14LW.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 7 Science achievement standards: Students classify and organise diverse organisms based on observable differences.
Topic: Outdoor Learning, Climate Change, Biodiversity.
Unit of work: Outdoor Learning Unit.
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Workbooks for recording ideas. Levels of Classification. Kingdom Photo Sheets: Animalia, Fungi, Monera, Plantae, Protista. Features of Kingdoms. Factsheet Template (optional).
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Living things, binomial name, organism, classification, hierarchical, taxonomy, outdoor learning.
Cool Australia would like to thank The Albert George & Nancy Caroline Youngman Trust – managed by Equity Trustees.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.