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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
biology, taxonomy, animals, biodiversity
Brown grasshopper on a plant's stem.

Introduction

Have you ever wondered how many different types of animals live around your home, like in your backyard or a local park? Animals come in all shapes and sizes, each a small part of the amazing diversity of life. These differences can help people use systems to classify animals into different groups. One way people classify animals is by their phylum. Do you know which phylum you belong to? In this science activity, you will investigate the diversity (or biodiversity) of the animal life around your home and try to figure out which phylum most of the animals belong to.

Credits

Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Sheet of paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Optional: Digital camera to take pictures
  • Optional: Magnifying glass
  • An observation location, such as a backyard, park, community garden, open field, lake, stream, etc. It should be a place you like to explore and where you think you might find a diversity of organisms.
    Materials for doing the biodiversity phyla activity.

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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
biology, taxonomy, animals, biodiversity