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Taxonomy – the science of sorting species

Use WA native species to explore scientific classification with your students.

More than just grouping like with like, taxonomy is a standardised system which helps organise Earth’s diverse species. Explore the observable features and lifecycles of native WA plants and animals, while discovering how classification allows scientists to study the relationships between different living things.

These resources support the WA Curriculum: Science and English.


BONUS: includes activities, merit stickers and posters for your class

National Science Week (August 15-23)

This series is perfect way to celebrate National Science Week, when the third edition of That’s Classified and the taxonomy merit stickers will be delivered to your school, so plan ahead to explore species classification, adaptations and WA biodiversity with your students.

Get creative during National Science Week! Motivate student learning and extend their knowledge by entering the Chevron Focus Environment competition. Students simply photograph WA’s amazing biodiversity and write a 25-word caption for the chance for them – and your school! – to share in $25,000 cash prizes.

Click here to download to promotional poster for your staffroom.

What's Included?

Thanks to support from Chevron Australia, schools will not be invoiced.

Most schools* will automatically receive one class set inside the August 2, 9 & 16 editions of The Sunday Times (35 copies).

Includes activities, merit stickers and posters for your class.

Please allow one to two days for delivery. Orders must be placed by 10am on the Friday prior to first delivery date. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate back orders.



August 2: Understanding taxonomy

Discover the basics of taxonomy including how and why is it used for both studying and communicating about living organisms.

August 9: Warm wonders

Whether feathered, furry or finned, one thing birds and mammals have in common is being endothermic (‘warm-blooded’). Explore other similarities and differences between these creatures.

August 16: Cool creatures

Continue exploring vertebrate animal classification with ectothermic (‘cold-blooded’) reptiles, fish and amphibians, and find out how the science of sorting species is changing and evolving.


Additional Resources

Celebrate WA’s amazing biodiversity through the camera lens.

Share in almost $25,000 of cash prizes!

Grab a camera, get outdoors and start photographing WA’s biodiversity – it could be as simple as some spring wildflowers or a neighbourhood magpie! Include a short caption with your photo and submit it all online.

It’s easy to enter!

  • DISCOVER: Find out about WA’s unique species, the threats they face and how people can help.
  • PLAY: Grab a camera and spend some time developing your photography skills.
  • EXPLORE: Get outside and capture the diversity of our state’s plants, animals and landscapes.
  • SHARE: Compose a captivating caption that highlights the biodiversity story of your favourite photo. This competition closes on September 25.

Click here for more information and to enter.