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Classifying Animals in Blue Planet

Blue Planet is a series of documentaries made by the BBC prior to the release of Planet Earth. Each episode takes place in a different ecosystem within and around the ocean, ranging from the tidal coasts to coral reefs and even the dark zone at the bottom of the sea. Each episode showcases a wide variety of different animals and is an excellent opportunity to practice classification.

For this assignment, you can choose any episode of the Blue Planet Series. Enable the closed-captions so the kids are able to see the correct spelling of each species, then have them try to accurately classify each. You can check your answers together at the end of the episode.

Essential Concepts: Classification, animalia, porifera, cnideria, platyhelminthes, nematodes, annelida, arthropoda, mollusca, echinodermata, chordata.

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