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1.2 The Variety of Living Organisms

Classification

  • Can you describe the common features shared by organisms within the following main groups: plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, protoctists and viruses?
  • What does ‘pathogen’ mean?
  • Understand that pathogens may be fungi, bacteria, protoctists or viruses.

Watch this video to learn more about the five kingdom; animals, plants, bacteria, fungi and protoctists. It goes into a little too much detail at times but is a great introduction to the topic.

Watch this YouTube video to understand what the term pathogen means.

Click here to play a great game where you help detective Buzz identify organisms using a key.

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Click here to learn about the different characteristics of vertebrates.

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Click here to read about viruses and learn their structure.

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Extension Material

The pathogens song

Click here to see how your body protects itself against pathogens.

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Click here to learn more about the classification of worms and humans.

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Click here to find out how to grow bacteria in the lab.

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Click here to see an excellent timeline of the history of disease. You can click on the main events to expand them and get more information.

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