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Most scientists agree that all living things can be divided (classified) into 5 different kingdoms. These are animals, plants, fungi (e.g. mushrooms and yeast), prokaryotes (e.g. bacteria) and protoctists (e.g. amoeba). The classification system was started by an 18th Century scientist called Carl Linnaeus.

Having a good working knowledge of all living things can open up a vast array of interesting information, potential hobbies and maybe even a job. You could find a vocation in many diverse areas e.g. agriculture and farming, animal care, botany, biology, dentistry, ecology, forestry work, groundwork, landscaping, ornithology, veterinary work or zoo work.

For related information, try reading some of our other related scientific topics such as 'PLANTS', 'ANIMALS INCLUDING HUMANS', 'HOW THE BODY WORKS', 'EVOLUTION AND INHERITANCE' or 'HABITATS'.

In this article, you will have some great fun and learn all about living things which means you will be aware of the following:

  • Know which things are alive, which are dead and which ones have never lived
  • All living things need certain things to survive (e.g. animals need food, water and air)
  • Living things live in habitats which are always changing to some degree due to the environment which may cause them real danger
  • Living things have key characteristics that keep them alive and healthy
  • How living things are classified into Kingdoms based on certain characteristics and then these can be further broken down e.g. animals can have a backbone or not (vertebrates or invertebrates) which can then be further sub-divided.
  • Some of the history of classification e.g. Carl Linnaeus
  • The life cycles of animals and plants and some of the changes that take place
  • Reproduction in plants and animals including sexual and asexual reproduction
  • Keeping the human body healthy and avoiding harmful substances

You will find below a large list of superb, fun information that will really teach you all about this subject. There are games, activities, quizzes, videos and animations which makes learning so much more enjoyable. Once you have a good grasp of the basics, try some of the more advanced Study Notes.

 

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"Milkweed Plants" Video ages 3 - 5

"Milkweed Plants" Video

A short Sesame Street video about the changing of the seasons and the effects on milkweed plants and their....Read More

 


"Enviro Spotter" Game ages 5 - 7

"Enviro Spotter" Game

There are 3 levels to this game which helps you to learn about plants and animals. In the "Medium" level game you need to help Molly in nature spotting by choosing animals in their homes. The first task is to find the woodlouse, a squirrel, a crow, an owl and finally the caterpillar. After that there are some questions on identifying....Read More

 


"Plants & Animal Environments" Activity ages 6 - 7

"Plants & Animal Environments" Activity

Try to pick out the eight plants and animals and learn more about them by reading the accompanying information. Once you have finished that try the animals and habitat matching activity, the young and old....Read More

 


"Egg and Spawn Race" Game ages 7 - 11

"Egg and Spawn Race" Game

You are a 5 year old salmon in Scotland and are fully grown and living in the North Atlantic Ocean. Now you need to go back to the riverbed thousands of kilometres away where you were born to breed. This is a race against time. Can you swim the required whole 2720 kilometres before your strength runs out? Avoid all kinds of danger....Read More

 


"Animal Classification" Activity ages 7 - 11

"Animal Classification" Activity

Drag the various items (e.g. gills, webbed feet) or characteristics (e.g. warm blooded, cold blooded) into either the mammal, reptile, bird, fish or amphibian bin. When you have filled the....Read More

 


"Effects of Dams " Activity ages 7 - 11

"Effects of Dams " Activity

Learn what a dam is and why they are useful for humans but can cause problems to some plants and animals. Click on each plant and animal to see their requirements before and after the dam was built. Then play the cause and effect matching activity....Read More

 


"Helping Plants Grow Well" Game ages 7 - 8

"Helping Plants Grow Well" Game

An interesting game where you need to try and grow plants by giving them just the right amount of water, light and heat so they....Read More

 


"Plant & Animal Habitats Game" ages 7 - 11

"Plant & Animal Habitats Game"

In this great 'habitat' matching game, the aliens are lost and need to be able to return to their home planets where they are happy in the correct habitat. You are given information about what the aliens like and also information about a number of possible habitats (e.g. availability of food, shelter and landscape type etc.). Read the....Read More

 


"Micro-organisms Game" ages 7 - 11

"Micro-organisms Game"

You need to find a way to solve the UK's super-flu outbreak. Your mission is to uncover the correct micro-organism that is causing the problem then stop it spreading. The first task is to sort a series of micro-organisms as helpful or harmful. Next you need to reach the vaccine whilst avoiding the snot splashes. Then identify whether the....Read More

 


"Human Life Cycles" Game ages 7 - 11

"Human Life Cycles" Game

In this science fiction game, you need to reverse the potion unknowingly taken by the teacher which means he is getting younger as time goes on instead of older! The way to do it is to take five correct photos of him at the various stages in his life (from baby to older adult). After successfully completing this mission try reading the....Read More

 


"Skeletons and Muscles" Activity ages 7 - 11

"Skeletons and Muscles" Activity

Your task is to find out all about animal skeletons and muscles (including those of humans) by watching Steve's show and trying out some filming yourself. Then there is an animal bone matching activity and inbuilt Quiz. Then try reading....Read More

 


"Teeth and Eating" Activity ages 7 - 11

"Teeth and Eating" Activity

In this science fiction type game, you must secure the release of your friend, Clyde, by feeding the alien the correct types of food based on his teeth type. Your task is to successfully analyse his jaw and see what types of teeth he has (e.g. incisors, molars etc.) and match it to food that is generally eaten by animals with those types....Read More

 


"Plant Life Cycles" Game ages 7 - 11

"Plant Life Cycles" Game

There are two missions to complete in this plant life cycles science fiction game. Firstly you must name various parts of a typical plant and secondly you must seek out and destroy the seeds before they have a chance to make roots. Once you have completed the....Read More

 


"Plants" Game ages 7 - 11

"Plants" Game

A great science fiction plants based game where the weeds are taking over! Your mission is to control the light, water and heat to keep them in control. After you've successfully completed the mission, try....Read More

 


"Circulation" Game ages 7 - 11

"Circulation" Game

You need to help Steve by checking his heart is fit and healthy before he starts filming. The first task is to X-Ray Steve and find his heart. Once you've successfully done that, watch the short video explaining how it works. Then you need to fly with Steve to Mexico and help him catch the tarantula hawk wasp. Then, try reading the....Read More

 


"Moving and Growing" Activity ages 8 - 9

"Moving and Growing" Activity

In this activity you get to see how different animals move and how their skeletons contribute to this movement. Just press the 'MOVE' icon to see how all the various animals move. You have a choice between a young human child, an ant, a fish and a horse. You can find out more about the various animals, look at their skeletons and try to....Read More

 


"Photosynthesis" Animatio Activity ages 8 - 12

"Photosynthesis" Animatio Activity

A short animation explaining all about photosynthesis and how plants can produce their own food whilst providing humans with vital oxygen. Click on the right....Read More

 


"Life Cycles" Activity ages 9 - 10

"Life Cycles" Activity

Can you identify and match the labels to the different parts of a flower? Once you have successfully completed the matching exercise, see if you can....Read More

 


"Keeping Healthy" Activity ages 9 - 10

"Keeping Healthy" Activity

In this activity you control a young girl called Ruby. You can see her heart beating and her 'heartbeats per minute' on the monitor. Ask her to sleep, sit, walk and run and see the changes in the activity of her heart! Then click on the magnifying glasses to learn more about the heart, the circulatory system and your....Read More

 


"Born to Spawn" Game ages 9 - 13

"Born to Spawn" Game

You play the role of a biologist in the English Channel researching flounder off the South Coast. You are surveying the distribution, growth and migration of these fish on a cold night in terrible....Read More

 


"Phenology and Nature's Shifting Rhythms" Video Notes and Quiz Activity ages 9 - 13

"Phenology and Nature's Shifting Rhythms" Video Notes and Quiz Activity

These Video Notes go through an extremely thought provoking topic on how global temperature increases are changing the natural....Read More

 


"Micro-Organisms" Activity ages 10 - 11

"Micro-Organisms" Activity

In this activity you need to see if you can spot 6 places where micro-organisms are located. Once you have found them, click the magnifying glass to find out more details e.g. bacteria, yeast and chicken pox. Then sort them into harmful and useful micro-organisms. Finally,....Read More

 


"Wetlands" Activity ages 10 - 13

"Wetlands" Activity

Go on a field trip in this great adventure to Canada. You are visiting the wetlands and your job is to find the food chain classification of the animals and plants that you can identify. You can listen to the information as well as read it. There are various frog species to understand so listen to their typical croak. See if you can work....Read More

 


"Classification" Activity ages 10 - 13

"Classification" Activity

Find out some interesting facts about animals including mammals, spiders etc. Then try playing the identification game where you must choose things that have backbones from various options (pelican, squirrel, whale, butterfly, eel, bat, jellyfish, cockroach, fern, goldfish, poison ivy, snake, spider, robin, turtle, seaweed). Then pick....Read More

 


"Brain PoP : Six Kingdoms" Animated Activity ages 10 - 13

"Brain PoP : Six Kingdoms" Animated Activity

In this set of activities there is an animated movie and an inbuilt quiz. Watch the animated movie where it explains that there are 6 kingdoms (many scientists say 5 because they group the bacteria into one kingdom) : animal, plant, fungi, protists, eubacteria and archaebacteria. Some examples are mentioned such as the dolphin and its....Read More

 


"Variation and Classification" Activity ages 11 - 14

"Variation and Classification" Activity

The animated activity explains that since there are 10 million organisms on planet earth, biologists use a classification system to organise them. It explains Kingdoms and gives short examples of the animal kingdom with 5 types of vertebrates and mammals. Then both continuous variation and discontinuous variation are explained with....Read More

 


"Fit for Life & Respiration" Animated Activity ages 11 - 16

"Fit for Life & Respiration" Animated  Activity

An interesting account about blood pressure and respiration and how these are affected by our genes and our lifestyle choices. The increased requirement for respiration during exercise is explained along with an explanation of both aerobic and anaerobic types of respiration. How lactic acid is formed is explained by means of an equation.....Read More

 


"Human Health & Diet" Animated Activity ages 11 - 16

"Human Health & Diet" Animated Activity

The advantages of exercise and eating a balanced diet whilst eating the correct quantities of food are explained in this activity that has integrated Quizzes. The key macro-nutrients as well as micro-nutrients are explained too. The Student Notes give more detail including a description of the issues associated with being both....Read More

 


"Watershed Explorer & Detective" Activities ages 11 - 16

"Watershed Explorer & Detective" Activities

In the Detective Activity you must analyse various samples of water to find out why it is polluted and answer some questions on how to fix it. In the Explorer Activity you need to do tidy up some trash....Read More

 


"Biology of Plants" Video and Notes ages 11 - 16

"Biology of Plants" Video and Notes

A huge amount of information for both students and teachers alike covering growing, parts of plants, pollination etc. There is even information about how plants have adapted and....Read More

 


"Deforestation & Peat Areas' Destruction" Study Notes ages 11 - 16

"Deforestation & Peat Areas' Destruction" Study Notes

These notes explain in detail about the effects on biodiversity of the increasing trend of removing peat areas and forests and reuse it for agriculture or....Read More

 


"Distribution of Organisms" revision notes ages 11 - 16

"Distribution of Organisms" revision notes

These revision notes explain how organisms are distributed in a habitat and how they can be altered by environmental attributes (e.g. heat, water, nutrients, light etc.). Collecting, handling and processing of mathematical data is examined.....Read More

 


"Classification" revision notes ages 11 - 16

"Classification" revision notes

These Revision notes explain about the 5 classifications of Kingdoms and further divisions (phylum, class, order, family, genus and species). A classification example is given for the lion. Then there is information on vertebrates and....Read More

 


"Animal and Plant Behaviour" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Animal and Plant Behaviour" Revision Notes

These Notes explain about mating and courtship in animals (including a video) and parental care which explains how many animals and birds look after their young e.g. emporer penguins in Antarctica. Other behaviours are explained too such as habituation and communication (even in plants). Finally, there....Read More

 


"Evolution and Human Behaviour" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Evolution and Human Behaviour" Revision Notes

These study notes explain how human fossils and tools from millions of years ago provide evidence of our evolution as well as looking at Mitochondrial DNA. Co-evolution of some plants and animals (e.g. hummingbird and flowers) is described as well as the effects of....Read More

 


"Fitness and Health" activity ages 11 - 16

"Fitness and Health" activity

Blood pressure and health is discussed in these animated notes. Learn about how the heart, arteries and veins function and all about systolic and diastolic blood pressures. The health problems associated with high blood pressure and low blood pressure are described too. It is mentioned that various personal characteristics and lifestyle....Read More

 


"Human Health and Diet" activity ages 11 - 16

"Human Health and Diet" activity

This fun animated activity explains all about the need for regular exercise and not spending too much time eating junk food and watching TV. It shows you examples of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and fibre. The issues of eating too little and eating too much are highlighted. Give the inbuilt Quiz a try then read the Student....Read More

 


"Staying Healthy" activity ages 11 - 16

"Staying Healthy" activity

This activity explains all about bacteria and viruses and how they attack the body's defence system. Then you get a chance to look at a list of illnesses and decide which ones are viruses and which ones are caused by bacteria. Then there is an explanation on how white blood cells fight pathogens as well as information about repeat....Read More

 


"The Processes of Life" activity ages 11 - 16

"The Processes of Life" activity

Try this animated activity all about enzymes which are proteins that behave like biological catalysts. They help chemical reactions in the body along without changing themselves. Each enzyme helps certain key molecules join together or divide at the active site and work best at certain temperatures and pH's. The denaturing of pH is....Read More

 


"Endoskeletons and Exoskeletons" Study Notes ages 13 - 16

"Endoskeletons and Exoskeletons" Study Notes

This is a detailed set of study notes explaining all about various animals' internal or external skeletons (and examples of animals without skeletons). Detailed information is given on the human skeleton and muscles....Read More

 


"Respiratory systems" Study Notes ages 13 - 16

"Respiratory systems" Study Notes

These study notes describe all about how various animals acquire oxygen using gas exchange surfaces including amphibians who have permeable skin layers, fish gills and the human respiratory system. There are labelled sketches of the human respiratory system and a section explains about certain....Read More

 


"Life Goes On" Study Notes ages 13 - 16

"Life Goes On" Study Notes

In these study notes for older children reproduction, fertility and menstruation are discussed in detail with diagrams. The various hormones produced by the female body are explained as well as IVF, artificial....Read More

 


"Classification of Living Things" Activities and Study Notes ages 13 - 16

"Classification of Living Things" Activities and Study Notes

This is a great site on classification with lots of detailed information. There are 5 revision topics: "Introduction", "Principles of Classification", "Kingdom to Subphylum", "Classes of Vertebrates" and "Mammal Subclasses and Infraclasses". There are printable or online activity flash....Read More

 

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