Classification Challenge


Introduction|Task| Process| Evaluation| Conclusion| Credits

All living things are classified into five kingdoms: Animals, Plants ,Fungi, Monerans, and Protista. They are divided into these five kingdoms by characteristics that are shared by most of the other living things in that Kingdom. Kingdoms are divided into Phyla which are divided into SubPhyla which are then divided into Classes. For this web quest in addition to looking at the five Kingdoms we will be classifying animals in the Phylum Chordata, SubPhylum Vertebrata (vertebrates) into five Classes: Mammals, Fish, Birds, Amphibians and Reptiles.

Professor Plananimingi urgently needs your help as biologists in training to help classify unknown living things from a newly discovered uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean before any of the living organisms are lost due to humans invading their environment.

The Task

Your task is to assist Professor Plananimingi as a team of 5 biologists in training, each member specializing in different areas.

Your job is to research your area of specialization and assist your teammates to classify various living organisms on the island so you can present your findings in a report and presentation to other teams of biologists in training and to Professor Plananimingi for review. Your team will come across one living thing that  you and your teammates have never seen before that you will challenge your fellow teams to classify.

The Process

First you will be assigned to a team of 5 biologists in training each with a separate specialization. The specializations are:  Plant and Fungi, Monera and Protista, Amphibian and Reptile, Fish and Birds and lastly Mammals and Animal generalist.

      1. Each team member will be given a worksheet to fill in the characteristics of each of their two categories of specialization.
      2. Once you have been assigned to your area of specialization and received your worksheet you can begin you training in that area by clicking on your specialization. Use at least two resources for each of your two specialization areas.
    1. When all five of your team mates have completed their research and filled out their data sheets you are ready to begin you mission.
    2. Listed below are links to a picture and data on six living things you find on the island. Classify these living things using the data your group collected and report how you came to the final classification answer. This can be done in the form of a flowchart for each living thing and/or one for each and one combining all six into one. Sample flow charts.
       Living Thing #1
      Living Thing #2
      Living Thing #3
      Living Thing #4
      Living Thing #5
      Living Thing #6
    3. Once your group has classified the six living things it is your turn to create a living thing that nobody has ever seen before based on the characteristics of one of the kingdoms or the kingdom and class. Make a poster of your new living thing with a picture and a list of descriptive characteristics.
    4. Combine your research information, classification problem solving report on each of the 6 living things and your new living organism poster into a presentation to be presented to the class. The presentation may be live in the classroom using overheads or video taped from the island paradise.
    5. After the presentation biologist in training groups will classify the new living things submit a word processed report to Professor Plananimingi. The reports results will be reviewed and the results verified by the creators of the living things.



Professor Plananimingi is so glad you were able to help him out with classifying the living things he found on the island paradise. He hopes that now that you have become experts on classifying living things he can ask for your help again.

Thanks for your help
now I can enjoy the sun
and surf with Elana,
my mermaid girlfriend.
       Professor Plananimingi

Credits & Reference
, Moose photo by Gerald and Buff Corsi
Dogwood flower  and Fungi photos by  Brother Alfred Brousseau
http:// animfactory.com
Monera photo Copyright © 1994-2000 by Charles J. O’Kelly and Tim
 Littlejohn. Distribution for noncommercial purposes permitted
 so long as this copyright notice is included and
 acknowledgement is made.
  Amoeba Image © Steve Durr 1999