Diversity of Living Things
Classifying Living Things

- compare the characteristics of different kinds of arthropods (e.g. crustaceans such as crayfish, shrimp; insects such as grasshoppers, butterflies, mealworms)
 identify and describe the characteristics of invertebrates and classify invertebrates into phyla (e.g. sponges, worms, molluscs, arthropods)
- identify and describe the characteristics of vertebrates, and use these characteristics to classify vertebrates as mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish

  A Link to Learning web-based student learning activity     www.linktolearning.com

This activity uses the BBC Schools' Classification Revision web site.


There is an introduction and 5 pages, followed by a quiz. 
Read through the pages and answer the following questions.

1. What scientist "started the modern system of putting species of organism into certain groups and giving them scientific names"?


2. Putting different species into different groups according to their features is called ______________________.

3. Name the five kingdoms and give two examples of each.

Kingdom Examples











4. Name the five groups of vertebrates. _______________________________________________________


5. Which vertebrate groups are cold-blooded? ___________________________________________________

6. What is the only vertebrate group that doesn't have lungs? _______________________________________

7. What vertebrate group gives birth to live young? ______________________________

8. Complete the following chart about Invertebrates.

Group Examples Key Features




spiny body in five parts
central mouth




    soft body in three continuous parts with head, foot and body mass
may have one or two shells


9. Arthropods (a group of invertebrates) are classified according to how many legs they have.
Draw lines to match the arthropod with the number of legs.

SPIDER (arachnid)                                              MORE THAN 20

CENTIPEDE                                                                6

CRANE FLY  (insect)                                              10 - 14

CRAB (crustacean)                                                        8


10. Now try the test and record your score

SCORE: _____________

Try again and record what you get the second time.

SCORE: _____________