Living Things and their Habitats
Since learning about food chains, I have been wondering how we group different types of animals! This week we are going to explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things to make it easier for our dragon to decide what to eat. We will learn how animals are split into 'vertebrates' and 'invertebrates' and being to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. We will then be able to classify our dragon! We will create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from our local habitat and beyond! We will also think about the idea that environments are subject to man-made and natural changes, and that these changes can have a significant impact on living things, particularly our dragon!
Day 1 - Grouping Living Things
Let's learn how to group animals today. Start by reading through the Powerpoint to learn how to do this. Then complete the following activities using the animal pictures to give you ideas (don't forget to include your dragon!):
Day 2 - Classifying Vertebrates
When scientists discover a new animal, they give it a name and record everything they know about it.
With so many living things to make records of, and so many yet to discover, it is important that we have a system to organise and make sense of the information we have about them.We organise living things into groups based on their similarities and differences, so that we can learn more about what makes each species unique. The differences between living things is sometimes called variation.
Read through the Powerpoint to find out how to classify animals. Don't forget to include your dragon!
Day 3 - Invertebrates Hunt
This lesson takes place outside (Please ask a trusted adult to help you) ! Read through the Powerpoint to learn about classifying Invertebrates. Then complete the activities that requires you to find real life invertebrates. Think about whether your dragon is a vertebrate or an invertebrate.
Day 4 - Local Habitat Survey
Another lesson that takes place outside today (please ask a trusted adult to help you)! Read through the Powerpoint. We are then going to explore the local habitat and make detailed observations. On your Local Habitat Draw a sketch map of the habitat. Draw and label any environmental dangers that you see. Complete your Environmental Dangers Record Activity Sheet by filling in the table. Record the dangerous changes that you noticed in your local habitat and what danger they pose, and a suggestion for helping the local wildlife and of course your dragon! Finally, Create a poster by drawing one idea you have for helping the local habitat. Add a brief explanation of how it will help protect the living things.
Day 5 - Environmental Changes
Read through the Powerpoint to learn about Environmental changes and how these are affecting our animals and how it could affect your dragon! Start by filling in your Environmental Activity Sheet, giving examples of environmental changes and how they affect living things. You are then going to research one endangered animal by looking on the internet and filling out the Endangered Animals Report. Finally, Create an Endangered Species Presentation about everything you have learnt to educate other people.