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Features of Living Things

Grouping living things according to their characteristics.

'Features of Living Things' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Living Things and Their Habitats

Curriculum subtopic:  Things Living, Dead or Never Alive

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

There are millions of different living things in the world. Just how many there are, we have no clear idea, but we can try to sort them all out into groups by looking at how they differ from each other.

For example: insects are animals with six legs. No other type of animal has six legs - and any animal that has more than six legs or fewer than six legs can't be an insect. 

So, is a spider an insect or not? Count its legs!

In this worksheet we'll look at some of the ways we can group different living things.

What is the one feature of a bird has that no other living thing has?

wings

laying eggs

a beak

feathers

makes a nest

Which of these features would you find in a plant?

roots

eyes

stem

leaves

ears

flowers

Which of these is not an animal?

a humming bird

a wolf spider

a weeping willow

an ice fish

a tree frog

Which of these animals can fly?

a spider

a wasp

a bat

a walrus

an ostrich

a seagull

Which of these things is true of all animals?

they have legs

they have eyes

they need to find food

they can swim

they can move

You find a living thing that has certain features. It has a long trunk that is covered in a hard material. It is very tall. It spreads out at the top and divides into smaller parts. These smaller parts have lots of green structures growing from them. What is it?

an elephant

seaweed

a tree

a jellyfish

  • Question 1

What is the one feature of a bird has that no other living thing has?

CORRECT ANSWER
feathers
EDDIE SAYS
Bat have wings, but they aren't birds. Lots of animals that aren't birds lay eggs, for example insects and reptiles. An octopus has a beak and it definitely isn't a bird! Alligators make nest for their eggs too. The one thing a bird has that no other living thing has is feathers - if an animal has feathers then it must be a bird.
  • Question 2

Which of these features would you find in a plant?

CORRECT ANSWER
roots
stem
leaves
flowers
EDDIE SAYS
You may have heard people talking about eyes on a potato, or an ear of corn, but these are not the same as the eyes and ears we have.
  • Question 3

Which of these is not an animal?

CORRECT ANSWER
a weeping willow
EDDIE SAYS
The weeping willow is a type of tree - all the rest are animals. (The ice fish is found in the freezing waters around Antarctica - it isn't actually made of ice!)
  • Question 4

Which of these animals can fly?

CORRECT ANSWER
a wasp
a bat
a seagull
EDDIE SAYS
Birds, bats and insects, such as wasps, are the only animals that can really fly. Not all birds can fly though - the ostrich is one example of a bird that can't fly. Can you think of any other flightless birds?
  • Question 5

Which of these things is true of all animals?

CORRECT ANSWER
they need to find food
they can move
EDDIE SAYS
Not all animals have legs, for example worms; not all animals have eyes and all animals can't swim. However, all animals need to find food and all animals can move at some point in their lives.
  • Question 6

You find a living thing that has certain features. It has a long trunk that is covered in a hard material. It is very tall. It spreads out at the top and divides into smaller parts. These smaller parts have lots of green structures growing from them. What is it?

CORRECT ANSWER
a tree
EDDIE SAYS
An elephant is tall and has a trunk, but it doesn't split into smaller parts with leaves (the green structures) growing from it!
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