Plant or Animal?

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Catherine E. Matthews, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Most secondary science students can readily distinguish between common plants and animals. Many species of marine animals, however, are unfamiliar to students and have characteristics that make it difficult to classify them by casual observation alone, leading students to wrongfully assign them to the plant kingdom. Using these organisms in the classroom can help students build classification skills and illustrate some of the less obvious differences between plants and animals ... The following activities illustrate the differences between plants and plantlike animals and stress the importance of observing, asking questions, and hypothesizing. These activities also invite comparisons about the mechanisms by which sessile plants and animals deal with common problems such as obtaining energy, defending themselves, successfully reproducing, and dispersing their offspring.

Additional Information

The Science Teacher, 63 (4), 13 -15.
Language: English
Date: 1996
Science teaching, Classification, Marine animals, Plants, Classroom activities

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