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Living Things – Classification

All living things can be put into groups based on features they have in common.

The main groups are:

Animals

Plants

Micro-organisms

Within these large groups are many smaller groups that help scientists to identify new speices using classification keys.​​​​​​​

Below is a key that could help to identify different types of mini-beast. It is a series of questions that are answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

You follow the chain for your answers to the next question until you can identify your creature.

minibeast_key

Watch the video below about the scientist Carl Linnaeus who first came up with the idea of classifying living things…

Follow these hyperlinks to learn more:-

  1. BBC Videos on Classification
  2. National STEM Centre Videos on Classification
  3. Booklets with further explanation

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