Classification Webquest

 4th Grade


Bacteria (Monera)


















    All living things can be classified into groups.  Carolus Linnaeus created a system that classified organisms by their characteristics.  Modern science has improved his work and now classify organisms using eight categories; Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species.  Domain and Kingdom are the most broad divisions, while Species is the most specific.  Most scientists say there are five or six main Kingdoms; Bacteria (also called Monera, and can be split into two Kingdoms, ancient bacteria and true bacteria), Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia.  In this web quest we will study these Kingdoms as well as studying animals (Phylum Chordata, SubPhylum Vertebrata (vertebrates)) that are broken down into the following classes; fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians as well as invertebrates.

   Mr. Lee urgently needs your help as biologists in training to help classify unknown living things from a newly discovered uninhabited island in the Gulf of Mexico before any of the living organisms are lost due to humans invading their environment. 

The Task

Your task is to assist Mr. Lee  by becoming a team of 11 biologists in training, each member specializing in different areas.

Your job is to research living things and assist your teammates to classify various living organisms on the island so you can present your findings in a report for Mr. Lee to review. You will create a new living thing that will then be classified.

The Process

First you will be assigned to a team of 2 biologists in training each with a separate specialization. The specializations are:  Plant, Fungi, Monera, Protista, Invertebrates, Amphibian, Reptile, Fish, Birds, Mammals and lastly an Animal Specialist. 
1.  Each biologist in training will write down characteristics of their assigned organisms.
2.  Research your assigned organisms by clicking on the links below.

Classification Webquest Documents

You may use your printed notes page to take notes, then complete the Word document above so that you will be ready to share your expertise with the class.

3.  When you and your partner have completed their research and filled out their data sheets you are ready to begin your mission.

4.  Listed below are links to a picture and data on seven living things you find on the island. Classify these living things using the data your group collected and report how you came to the final classification answer.  Please write at least 3 reasons why you came to your decision.

5.Once your group has classified the seven living things it is your turn to create a living thing that nobody has ever seen before based on the characteristics of one of the kingdoms or the kingdom and class. Make a poster of your new living thing with a picture and a descriptive paragraph of your creature.
Your teacher will grade your new animal, your classification worksheet, and your final classification of Living Things 1 - 7.
Mr. Lee is so glad you were able to help them out with classifying the living things they found on the island paradise. He hopes that now that you have become experts on classifying living things he can ask for your help again.