Ch 5: ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Unit 1.5: Classification of Living Things

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The Classification of Living Things chapter of this ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with taxonomy. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Classification of Living Things textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in the Classification of Living Things chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the taxonomy topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, re-watch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the science topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Taxonomy and classification system basics
  • The contributions of Carolus Linnaeus
  • Bacteria characteristics
  • Examples of archaea
  • Characteristics of eukaryotes
  • Organisms found in Kindom Protista
  • Plant features
  • Examples of fungi
  • Animal characteristics
  • Cladograms and phylogenetic trees
  • Dichotomous keys

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11 Lessons in Chapter 5: ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Unit 1.5: Classification of Living Things
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Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

1. Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

The name you give to a living thing may be completely different than the name someone else uses. In science, we use a common naming system for all living things to avoid confusion. This lesson will explore the basics of our classification system.

Carolus Linnaeus: Classification, Taxonomy & Contributions to Biology

2. Carolus Linnaeus: Classification, Taxonomy & Contributions to Biology

There are millions of species on Earth. How can we name and organize all of them without getting confused? We use a system developed in the 1700s by Carolus Linnaeus. Learn more about him and his contributions in this lesson.

What is Bacteria? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

3. What is Bacteria? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

This lesson will introduce the Bacteria, a large and diverse group of microorganisms. We will examine several key characteristics, as well as a few commonly known examples of bacterial species.

Archaea: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

4. Archaea: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

There is an entire domain of life that is made up of single-celled organisms without nuclei. We're not referring to the Bacteria domain, however. In this lesson, we will examine the main characteristics of the least commonly known domain, the Archaea.

Eukarya: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

5. Eukarya: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

What makes us so complex? How are we any different from simple single-celled bacteria? It's because we're further up the evolutionary chain; we're examples of eukaryotes. In this lesson, we'll define Eukarya and eukaryotes and explore their characteristics.

Kingdom Protista: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

6. Kingdom Protista: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Learn about the requirements to enter Kingdom Protista, one of the five kingdoms of life. Discover and read about the organisms that can be found there.

Kingdom Plantae: Facts, Characteristics & Examples

7. Kingdom Plantae: Facts, Characteristics & Examples

Chances are, you can thank a plant for your clothes, your food, and even your house. This lesson will explore the kingdom plantae including characteristics plants share as well as some facts and examples of organisms within this kingdom.

Kingdom Fungi: Definition, Characteristics, & Examples

8. Kingdom Fungi: Definition, Characteristics, & Examples

The kingdom Fungi includes a diverse group of organisms that are neither plant nor animal. They absorb nutrition from other organisms while playing the important role of ecological decomposers. Learn more about this group and take a short quiz at the end.

Animalia Kingdom: Definition, Characteristics & Facts

9. Animalia Kingdom: Definition, Characteristics & Facts

With over one million different species, the Animalia Kingdom is considered the largest kingdom. Its organisms also inhabit the most diverse habitats on Earth. This lesson will examine what characteristics animals possess and then will list some awesome animal facts.

Cladograms and Phylogenetic Trees: Evolution Classifications

10. Cladograms and Phylogenetic Trees: Evolution Classifications

Family trees help show how people are related to each other. Similarly, scientists use cladograms and phylogenetic trees to study the relationships between organisms.

The Dichotomous Key: A Classifying Tool

11. The Dichotomous Key: A Classifying Tool

Sometimes, the best way to identify an object is to take a step-by-step approach. Dichotomous keys are perfect for this, helping us classify unknown objects through a series of questions and answers that lead us down the correct path.

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