Newly Discovered Species (Age 11-14)

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Produced by ARKive, this resource teaches Key Stage Three children about biodiversity and classification whilst developing skills in independent research, collaboration and scientific thinking. It also gets students thinking about how scientists plan expeditions and surveys.

A [b]presentation[/b] introduces biodiversity and explores how many millions more are waiting to be discovered. Following the presentation students identify nine newly discovered amphibian species using a simple dichotomous key.

In a second activity, the students look at photographs of a variety of newly discovered species identifying key features that differentiate them in order to create their own classification keys. They 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.

In a final activity, students research and plan their own expedition to discover new species using the [b]expedition proposal brief[/b] and [b]proposal template[/b] provided.

The materials include teacher guidance, activity sheets and classroom presentations.

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