Animal Classification Activity 8

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					Animal Classification

Activity 8
Choose one or more of these activities to complete.

New Species
You have found an unidentified species of animal! The world wants to know about this
new species.
 1. Draw a picture of the animal.
 2. Describe its physical and behavioral characteristics.
 3. Describe its habitat.
 4. List its relatives or possible relatives.
 5. List its predators.
 6. List its food or prey.
 7. Describe how the animal reproduces.
 8. Make up a common name for the species.
 9. Make up a scientific name for the species that would fit into the system of binomial
    Resources for Latin Words (Use these links to help you determine a genus and
    species name)


Review the rubric for this activity before you start your work. You may need to refer to
the rubric throughout this project.

Informational Book
You are a well-known author of informational texts. Your fans cannot wait to read your
next book. Create an informational book about a particular Class of animals. This may be
a coloring book, a paper based informational text, or an electronic PowerPoint book.
Instructions: As an individual or a pair, you will research a class of animals. Your booklet
will contain individual pages on the different orders within the class you choose. You
may choose one class (insecta, aves, or mammalia) and 10 orders from that class.


         1. Create a book that showcases animals belonging to one of three major classes
            of organisms.
         2. Establish the main characteristics associated with that taxonomic class.
         3. Research orders of that class and present information on them.
        4. Compare and contrast animals belonging to the different taxonomic orders of
           that class.

Phylum Arthropoda          Phylum Chordata                 Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Uniramia         Subphylum Vertebrata            Subphylum Vertebrata

Class Insecta              Class Aves                      Class Mammalia

Order                      Order                           Order
Coleoptera                 Passeriformes                   Chiroptera
Diptera                    Apodiformes                     Marsupiala
Lepidoptera                Piciformes                      Carnivora
Hymenoptera                Psittaciformes                  Primates
Homoptera                  Charadriiformes                 Artiodactyla
Orthoptera                 Columbiformes                   Cetacea
Odonata                    Falconiformes                   Lagomorpha
Neuroptera                 Gaviiformes                     Pinnipedia
Isoptera                   Anseriformes                    Edentata
Siphonaptera               Strigiformes                    Perrisodactyla
Ephemeroptera              Ciconiiformes                   Monotremata
Anoplura                   Galliformes                     Sirenia

Your Book Should Include

   1. A cover if it is a paper based book.
   2. A title page (including the author/authors names).
   3. A table of contents page listing the names of the orders and the page numbers they may
      be found on.
   4. A page describing characteristics of the class of organisms being studied.
   5. A page for each of the 10 orders you have chosen from the list.

   6. Five pages comparing and contrasting the different orders.
   7. Each page must have an appropriate heading.
   8. With the exception of the index page and the table of contents, all pages must
      contain one picture or drawing.
   9. A works cited page.
   10. The last page must be an index page (This will not be the back cover).

Review the rubric for this activity before you start your work. You may need to refer to
the rubric throughout this project.
New Classification System
You are a scientist who thinks our current system of animal classification can be
improved or changed to make it easier for scientist to study animals. As you know,
Linnaeus based his system of animal classification on common physical characteristics of
animals. Can you create a different system of animal classification? In your new system,
what animals would be classed together that are not classed together in Linnaeus's
    1. Explain in detail how your classification system works.
        How many levels are there? What are the levels? How many groups are there per
    2. Include diagrams to help you explain your system.
    3. Explain the benefits and limitations of your system of animal classification.
    4. Explain how your system differs from Linnaeus’s.
    5. Include graphic organizers containing pictures or drawings of animals that would
        be grouped together.
     6. Include graphic organizers that contain pictures or drawings of animals that
         Linnaeus would group together.
     Note: Explanations may be written or video taped.

The website below may be of assistance. Use it to search for animals by certain criteria.
         For example, [you] could search for all animals that live in Antarctica or that eat
        worms. With [this] site search you can even find which animals live in Antarctica
        and eat worms.

Review the rubric for this activity before you start your work. You may need to refer to
the rubric throughout this project.