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Biology: What Makes an Animal?

by Texas Instruments - Simulation Lesson


  • Students will learn the five basic characteristics of the animal kingdom.
  • Students will learn to use a dichotomous key to distinguish one animal from another.


  • zoology
  • organelle
  • heterotroph
  • motile
  • body plan
  • dichotomous key
  • eukaryote
  • multicellular
  • autotroph
  • sessile
  • developmental stage

About the Lesson

In this lesson students learn about basic animal biology and identification of different animal species.
Students will:

  • Identify and describe the five characteristics of all organisms in the Animal Kingdom.
  • Contrast these characteristics with those of other kingdoms.
  • Use a dichotomous key to identify nine different species of animals.