Ch 12: ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8: Classification

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The Classification chapter of this ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with classification. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Classification textbook chapter.

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

Students will learn:

  • What constitutes an organism
  • Facts and characteristics of the Kingdoms Animalia, Protista and Fungi
  • How to differentiate heterotrophs from autotrophs
  • Types of cells: prokaryotic and eukaryotic
  • Features, types and examples of vertebrates
  • Ways plants are classified
  • How to understand the dichotomous key
  • Methods scientists use to name and classify living things

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11 Lessons in Chapter 12: ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8: Classification
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Organism: Definition & Explanation

1. Organism: Definition & Explanation

An organism is any living thing. There are millions of organisms, so how do scientists organize them all? Learn more about the diversity of life on Earth and how scientists classify them, then take a quiz to test your knowledge!

Kingdom Plantae: Facts, Characteristics & Examples

2. 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.

Animalia Kingdom: Definition, Characteristics & Facts

3. 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.

Kingdom Fungi: Definition, Characteristics, & Examples

4. 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.

Kingdom Protista: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

5. 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.

Autotrophs and Heterotrophs

6. Autotrophs and Heterotrophs

Ever wonder where your energy comes from? What about a plant's energy? And where does it go? Learn about the flow of energy through the food chain in this lesson on autotrophs and heterotrophs.

Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells: Similarities and Differences

7. Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells: Similarities and Differences

In this lesson, we discuss the similarities and differences between the eukaryotic cells of your body and prokaryotic cells such as bacteria. Eukaryotes organize different functions within specialized membrane-bound compartments called organelles. These structures do not exist in prokaryotes.

Vertebrates: Definition, Features & Classification

8. Vertebrates: Definition, Features & Classification

Vertebrates are an interesting collection of animals, including humans, that have evolved over millions of years. Birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and even fish are included in the vertebrate category. Find out more here!

Classification of Vascular, Nonvascular, Monocot & Dicot Plants

9. Classification of Vascular, Nonvascular, Monocot & Dicot Plants

Plants may not seem like the most interesting things around, but they are definitely useful. In this lesson, we will explore the basic classification of plants and the unique characteristics of each group.

Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

10. 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.

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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