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- Discuss animal body plans and classifications
- Provide examples of invertebrates
- Explore the characteristics of ocean vertebrates such as cnidarians and sponges
- Study the features of worms and mollusks
- Describe the functions and types of echinoderms and arthropods
- Learn about the behavior and characteristics of insects
1. Animal Body Plans: Classifications and Features
The Animal Kingdom is diverse and complex. How do we make sense of it all? Scientists use body plans to classify and organize the animals of Earth, making it much easier to differentiate between them.
2. Invertebrates: Definition & Examples
From bees to lobsters and octopi to cockroaches, invertebrates are everywhere. This lesson introduces them as a major group within biology and discusses their relationship with the human race.
3. Ocean Invertebrates: Sponges & Cnidarians
While some may call them simple, sponges and cnidarians have some amazing abilities. This lesson tells the story these ocean invertebrates, ranging from sponges to coral to jellyfish.
4. Worms: Types & Features
You may not know this, but worms are everywhere. Many are so tiny that we can't see them crawling all over the place like we can earthworms. In this lesson, we'll learn about some of the different types of worms around us.
5. Mollusks: Characteristics & Types
Do you like to eat seafood, hunt for seashells, or learn about scary sea creatures? If so, then you'll want to learn about the different types of mollusks, which include the tasty bivalves, the cool-looking gastropods, and the weird cephalopods.
6. Echinoderms: Traits, Types & Roles
After watching this lesson, you'll be well on your way to being an echinoderm expert! For example, you'll learn that sea cucumbers help clean up the ocean floor and that starfish can grow back any arms that are broken or damaged.
7. Arthropods: Definition, Characteristics & Types
Arthropods are the most abundant animals on the planet. They fly, jump, swim, and crawl over just about every inch of the world. Learn about common types of arthropods and the characteristics they have in common.
8. Planaria Digestive System
In this lesson, we'll discuss the structure and function of the digestive system in planarian worms. Planaria have a simple but unusual digestive system that is quite different from our own human system.
9. Planaria: Facts & Anatomy
Planaria, also called flatworms, are found in both salt water and fresh water environments and even damp places on land. They're amazing creatures with some unbelievable tricks for survival - they've been on this planet for over a half a billion years!
10. Experiments with Planaria
They may be tiny, but planarians are a pretty big deal in the scientific community. Read on to learn about several planarian research experiments and their outcomes.
11. Plasmodium Falciparum: Life Cycle & Morphology
Plasmodium falciparum is a parasite that causes malaria in humans. This lesson will look at the various stages of its complicated life cycle, which involves both mosquito and human hosts.
12. Plasmodium Malariae: Symptoms & Treatment
Have you ever heard of an illness called malaria? Do you know what organism causes it and what the symptoms are? You will learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson.
13. Plasmolysis: Definition & Experiments
In this lesson, we'll define what plasmolysis is and explain how it happens. We'll also go over some experiments and some important, real-life applications of the process.
14. Platyhelminthes: Digestive System & Feeding
The animal kingdom is a wonderfully diverse category of organisms. How, though, did we get from the simplest, single-celled organisms all the way to humans, the most complex? One stop along the way are the platyhelminthes.
15. The Nervous System of Platyhelminthes
The nervous system should invoke images of a brain or spinal cord, but what about animals that have neither? What about those flatworms that lack a real brain or spine? Let's look at Platyhelminthes, who have a unique nervous system.
16. Platyhelminthes: Body Cavity & Movement
In this lesson, we will explore what a Platyhelminthes is, what its internal body structure is like and how this structure impacts the methods this creature uses for motility.
17. Platyhelminthes: Definition, Characteristics & Examples
What is Platyhelminthes? In this lesson, you will learn about this phylum as well as some interesting interesting characteristics of Platyhelminthes organisms. You can read about some example organisms before taking a brief quiz.
18. The Circulatory System of Platyhelminthes
Breathing is necessary for life, right? What about our more simplistic animals? Do they need to breathe? Do they need blood? Let's look at the circulatory system for platyhelminthes and discuss how it allows them to live.
19. The Reproduction System of Platyhelminthes
Have you ever heard of an organism from the phylum Platyhelminthes? Do you know how they reproduce? In this lesson you will learn the answers to these questions as well as some characteristics of Platyhelminthes and their relatives.
20. Asexual Reproduction in Starfish
Starfish are weird creatures. Not only can they grow new arms, their arms can grow new bodies! Read on to learn more about the fascinating world of asexual reproduction in starfish.
21. Advantages of Metamorphosis for Insects
In this lesson, we'll talk about how something as weird and dramatic as metamorphosis can possibly have evolved. Then, we'll talk about ways that metamorphosis benefits insects.
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