Animal Kingdom Project Ideas

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

The animal kingdom contains a myriad of fascinating and intelligent creatures. The following four projects will assist your students in learning some of their many characteristics.

Why the Animal Kingdom?

The animal kingdom is vast, including everything from mammals to amphibians to reptiles to birds to fish. Furthermore, scientists believe the animal kingdom may contain an astounding seven million species, but amazingly not even two million have so far been identified. The animal kingdom contains about 35 phyla (plural for phylum), although the majority of animals fall into one of eleven classifications. These four projects about the animal kingdom are best suited for upper elementary or middle school students, although the could be adapted for other ages as well.

Phyla of the Animal Kingdom Project Idea

In this project, your students will be studying some of the phyla common to animals.

Materials: Internet access

Time: seventy-five minutes

Let your students know they will be studying five of the phyla of the animal kingdom. Remind them that the correct order of the taxonomic ranks is kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.

  • Divide them into five groups. Instruct them:
    • Group One will be Team Arthropods
    • Group Two will be Team Chordates
    • Group Three will be Team Mollusks
    • Group Four will be Team Nematodes
    • Group Five will be Team Sponges
  • Now allow your students to research their respective phyla on the Internet or at the school library.
  • When they are through, have each group elect a spokesperson to give the presentation about the particular phyla they have just studied. The presentations should include illustrations of the types of organisms in the phyla and their characteristics. Encourage students to make these presentations on the computer using presentation software if possible.
  • The students will take questions from the class about their presentation.

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