Diversity of Living Organisms


Hello Scientist! As you know there are several major groups to classify animals according to their physical characteristics and behaviors. Physical adaptions help animals survive in their environment, while behavioral adaptions allow animals to respond to life needs.



You will be creating a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation that can be done in class or via video to be shown to the class. In your presentation, you must identify the classification you are researching, at least 5 animals that belong to that classification, and identify similarities and differences between the animals in that classification.


Step 1:

Watch the https://jr.brainpop.com/science/animals/classifyinganimals/ on classifying animals. Take notes on the different types of classifications and answer the following.

  1.  What does it mean to classify something?
  2. How can we classify animals? Which are vertebrates? Which are invertebrates?
  3. Why do we classify animals?
  4. What would happen if we didn't classify animals?

Once you watch the video take the short quiz https://jr.brainpop.com/science/animals/classifyinganimals/hardquiz/

Step 2:

Based on your last name, research the corresponding category.

A-M: Reptiles https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/

F-J: Mammals https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/

K-O: Fish https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/

P-T: Birds https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/

U-Z: Amphibians https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/

Visit this additional links and research more about your classification 

While researching answer the following questions

  1. What is the definition of your classification?
  2. What physical characteristics are part of your classification?
  3. What behavioral characteristics are part of your classification
  4. What are some animals that are part of your classification? Name at least ten.

Step 3:

With the information you found create a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation to present in class or record to be shown in class. Include the following in your presentation:

  • An introduction
  • The classification you researched
  • The definition of the classification
  • What physical characteristic fits the classification
  • Out of the ten animals you listed in the previous step, select 5 to present in more detail. 
  • For each animal answer the following questions:
  1. Is this animal a vertebrate?
  2. What are the animals physical characteristics? 
  3. How many legs does this animal have?
  4. What behavioral characteristics does this animal have?
  5. Does this animal give birth to live babies or eggs?
  6. Is this animal cold-blooded or warm-blooded?
  • What are some similarities among the animals you chose? What are some difference among the animals you chose?
Final Product: Presentation
Beginning 1
Developing 2
Qualified 3
Exemplary 4
Completion of WebQuest
None of the  questions were answered from step 1 and step 2, the wrong, no classification was research, and presentation was not done. 
1 - 4 questions in step 1 and step 2 are answered, the wrong classification was researched based on last name, presentation is done, but not complete
5 or more questions in step 1 and step 2 are answered, the correct classification is researched based on last name, presentation is done, but not complete. 
All questions in step 1 and step 2 are answered, the correct classification is researched based on last name, and presentation is complete. 
Quality of Information
Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.
Information clearly relates to the main topic, however, no details and/or examples are given.
Information clearly relates to the main topic with 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.
Information clearly relates to the main topic with 3 or more supporting details and/or examples. 
Information appears disorganized. The student did not use complete or clear sentences to get the point across. Grammar is consistently incorrect throughout the piece. 
The student only includes 1 bullet point of the information needed and/or answers 1 of the prompt questions in the presentation.
 Ideas are present, however only 2-3 bullet point of the information is included and/or answers 2-3 of the prompt questions in the presentation. 
Information is very well organized will all bullet points of information and questions are addressed.
Internet Use
Did not use any internet references to complete the presentation.
Used the interned less then half of the websites and resources or used inappropriate information that did not apply to the presentation.
Only used 75% of the websites and resources available to create the presentation.
Successfully used suggested internet links to fin information and navigate within these sites to create the presentation.
Presentation was messy, student  was unorganized, does not seemed to understand the topic and not easy to follow. 
Presentation was messy, but student has a good understanding of some parts of the topic.
Presentation is organized, student has a good understanding of most of the topic.
Presentation was creative, neat, student spoke clearly, was well informed with the topic, and it was easy to follow.



Congratulations! You have done a fantastic job researching animal characteristics and creating a presentation that will teach other what you learned. You have done a great job using your investigating skills to explore how animals are classified and why. This will be great information to remember when we study ecosystems!

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This WebQuest is designed to have students identify animal physical characteristics and/or behaviors and incorporate student knowledge on amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles.


The learners are a 3rd grade science class. The WebQuest will feature various forms of information including texts, videos, and interactive quiz to cater to different learning styles. Students will be engaged and complete a task during each step that builds up to the final task of designing and creating their own presentation on the subject. 


Florida Sunshine state standard SC.3.L.15.1 - Classify animals into major groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, vertebrates and invertebrates, those having live births and those which lay eggs) according to their physical characteristics and behaviors.  Big Idea: Diversity of Living Organisms