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This hands-on session uses interactive voting software, live animals, real specimens and group tasks to help students understand the science of taxonomy (classifying living things).
Students will work together to classify a range of unusual invertebrates, discuss the importance of the binomial system to name organisms and learn more about how modern technologies have affected how organisms are classified today. Students will also learn about how classification is applied to the conservation work carried out by ZSL.
Please be aware that though we aim to use a live animal in this session, we do not guarantee that they will be present – animals can fall ill or be unwilling to be handled and their welfare is ZSL’s first priority.
Age: KS4 (14-16 year olds)
Capacity: 35 students
Intended learning outcomes:
Students will be able to:
Describe classification using: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species
Give an example of how to classify a species based on its similarities with other organisms
Explain how to name organisms using the binomial system and why scientists use it
Give an example of how modern technology has affected the classification of species
Understand the practical application of classification in conservation of species using the EDGE of Existence programme as an example