Classification of Living Things

We will continue our study of the classification of living things by taking a closer look at a particular group of living things: arthropods.

Below are some of the things we wonder about arthropods. Students can respond to these questions right here on the wiki (Please use your own words but also mention where you found your information).
• Are all organisms with legs arthropods?
• Are there nonliving arthropods?
• How long have they existed?
• How many kinds are there?
• Are they insects?
• What do “arthro” & “pod” mean?
• What species belong to the arthropods?
• What do arthropods eat?
• How big are arthropods?
• Where do arthropods live?
• Do arthropods have bones?
• Do they have legs?
• Can we eat them?
• How can you tell whether something is an arthropod?
• How can we classify something as an arthropod?
• Are arthropods bacteria?
• Can arthropods fly?
• Do arthropods live on land or in water?
• Can arthropods swim?
• When was the word “arthropod” invented?
• Do arthropods have hair?
• When were arthropods discovered?
•Why do we call them arthropods?
• Do arthropods have organs?
• Are we arthropods?
• Do arthropods release feremones? (What are feremones?)
• Are arthropods anmials?
• Do arthropods produce waste?
• Do arthropods lay eggs?
• To what kingdom do arthopods belong?
• Do arthropods reproduce?
• Do arthropods have eyes and can they see?
• Are they dangerous if we touch them?

You can choose an arthropod from this list to study & report on. Write in your chosen arthropod beside your student number below. (If someone has already selected the arthropod you were interested in, choose another - they are all fascinating.)
Your reports will:
• be done using voicethread
• include a labelled picture you have drawn or model you have made
• include the kingdom, phylum,...species of your arthropod
• include your voice
• be written entirely in your own words

• a description of the attributes that show why your creature is a member of the arthropods
• a description of the attributes that make it part of the specific group of arthropods to which it belongs
• information about where it lives, & how it survives (what it eats, how it defends itself) and any other interesting information that would be appropriate in your documentary
• credit given to your sources
• at least three reliable sources for information (books, web sites, experts, ...)
• You will also hand in your storyboard

student #
arthropod

student
arthropod

1
Praying Mantis

15
Hummingbird Moth

2
Killer Bee

16
Peacock Butterfly

3
Ladybug Beetle

17
Monarch

4
Ladybug Beetle

18
firefly




19
red admiral

6
Ghost Crab

20
Honey Bee

8
Grasshopper

21
Bumblebee

9
Hornet

22


10
Wolf Spider

23
BlueCrab

11
Dragonfly

24
Tarantulas

12
Centipede

25
Armadillidiide

13
Assassin Bug

26
Yellow Jacket