Newly Discovered Species (Age 7-11)

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Produced by ARKive, this resource teaches Key Stage Two children about classification, variation and how to create and use their own classification keys. A presentation introduces biodiversity through images of a range species and looks at how new species are still being discovered by scientists. Following the presentation, children identify nine newly discovered amphibian species using a simple dichotomous key. In a second activity they look at photographs of a variety of newly discovered species identifying key features that differentiate them in order to create their own classification keys. Children within a class create keys for one of two different sets of species so they can then swap with their peers and use their newly created keys to identify the other set of species. Included in the resource are presentations on: species discovery, amphibian classification, creating your own classification key and detailed teachers’ notes on running the activities.

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