This project is made to classify animals into different groups. How many different groups of animals and creatures are located near your home? Your backyard may be more bio-diverse than you think!
Microscope for viewing samples
Pen and paper to record findings
Optional - microscope camera to capture images.
The goal of the project is to observe things that move - animals both large and small. If you are able to pick up the smaller insects, take them home to view them under the microscope. Some good locations for observation include:
- Your back yard at home
- A creek or pond
- Wooded areas
- The desert
- A garden
Antennae captured under the microscope at 100x magnification.
In your notebook jot down the following:
Habitat (were you in the grass, digging in the soil, was the animal up in a tree?)
Animal (earthworm, squirrel, ant, snail, etc.)
Draw a sketch or capture an image under the microscope.
What Phyla does this animal belong to? (You may need help from a teacher or a book to determine this - below you will find a few examples to help you.)
- Arthropods = ants, grasshoppers, spiders
- Annelids = earthworms
- Molluscs = snails & slugs
- Chordates = birds & squirrels
- Echinoderms = starfish
- Porifera = sea sponge