Activity Introduction

It’s time to think and work like a scientist. Kids are really good at asking questions as they make sense of the world they live in. This activity gives you the chance to explore how scientists classify all of the living things on our planet. 

Biological classification is the process by which scientists group living organisms. Organisms are classified based on how similar they are. 

Safety advice: Conduct a risk assessment of the site before heading out. Examples of potential dangers outside: large trees with dead or dying limbs, stinging or biting insects, sunburn and dehydration. It’s also best to be prepared by having a phone and first aid kit handy.

Some kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal support.

Ideal for: Lower Secondary

Themes: 

  • investigate 
  • think and connect 

Time required: Part A – 30 minutes; Part B – 50 minutes; Part C – 30 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Science, Critical and Creative Thinking, Sustainability

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes: 

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Outdoor Learning – Classification of Living Things – Year 7

Resources Required

 

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.

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Student Worksheet

Classifying The Living World Around You - Activity Instructions

It’s time to think and work like a scientist. Kids are really good at asking questions as they make sense of the world they live in. This activity gives you the chance to explore how scientists classify all of the living things on our planet. 

Biological classification is the process by which scientists group living organisms. Organisms are classified based on how similar they are. 

Background information: Living things are classified or sorted into groups with similar features. Classification makes it easier to understand how people depend upon and affect other living things.

Learning outdoors can be fun, offering different ways of exploring the environment to ask questions and plan inquiries. Inquiry learning gives you the chance to take charge of what you learn while working scientifically gives you ways of questioning, observing, measuring, recording and communicating to build new knowledge.

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