Teaching resources for 11-14 year olds

Arkive’s teaching resources for 11-14 year olds explore key science topics including endangered species, human impacts on the environment, animal classification and adaptation. Our FREE teaching resources can be used across the curriculum from ICT and geography to English and art.


The Art of Environmental Messaging

Students will learn about how artists use different mediums to express their concerns for the environment, and educate the public through explicit and implicit messaging.


Seeing Red

Students will learn about colours, the different frequencies of light and how different coloured light is absorbed or transmitted by coloured filters. They will also discover how some animals use bioluminescence and colour perception to outsmart their prey.

Persuasive Writing — Invasive Species

Students will learn about the applications and techniques of persuasive writing before writing their own persuasive article for a school newsletter on the topic of invasive species.

Climate Change

Students will learn about the causes and consequences of climate change, and the ways in which climate change can impact plants and animals.

Engineering in Nature

The Engineering in Nature Challenge inspires students to explore engineering principles while developing a greater connection to nature. Ranging from simple machines to aerodynamics, students will complete design challenges transforming them from a builder, to an engineer and finally, an inventor all with the one-on-one support of exceptional real world scientists.

Adaptations to Arid Habitats

Students will learn about how different animals and plants are adapted to surviving in arid habitats. Students will develop practical planning and investigative skills and will practice critically analysing and evaluating evidence from their observations and experiments.


Invasive Species

Students will explore the impacts that invasive species may have on native species and habitats, and will investigate some of the most common methods used to control invasive species. Students will independently research and prepare ‘case studies’ for different invasive species which can be used as a basis for wider classroom discussion and collaboration.

Species Discovery

Explore how scientists discover, classify and name species previously unknown to science. Further students’ knowledge of classification and taxonomy with two classification key activities and develop their independent research skills with a species discovery expedition planning task.

Arkive School Museum

Through an exploration of endangered species and conservation issues, students are transformed into ‘endangered species experts’. Using their knowledge and experience of key biological concepts, students design and create a series of interactive, educational exhibits for an Arkive School Museum.

Opposable Thumbs

Students learn the definition of an opposable thumb, explore the variety of species with this trait and, through a fun, hands-on experiment, examine the tasks primates can accomplish with it.

Human Impacts on the Environment

Students will learn about how humans can have negative impacts on the environment and endangered species. They will be asked to consider how human impacts can be measured, and what can be done to help.

Adaptations for Movement

Students will learn about how different species are adapted to move successfully through different habitat types.

Who Wants to be a Zoologist?

This fun and interactive quiz challenges students to use their knowledge of animal classification and their powers of deduction to identify mystery animals from photos.

An Introduction to
Endangered Species

In this activity, students learn how to define endangered species and explore threatened animals and plants around the world through playing Endangered Species Bingo.

Arkive Geographic - Exploring the
World's Biodiversity

Challenge students to become ‘species experts’ for an endangered species and explore biogeography concepts using species fact cards and maps of the continents.

Arkive on Tour

In this creative writing activity students learn about different habitats, the species that live there and the threats they face through researching and writing their own travel article.


Students learn about why we classify species and the key characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects.

Guess Zoo

Guess Zoo is a fun animal guessing game that can be used to introduce or support several lesson themes, for example species diversity, adaptations, habitats and classification.

Quick Start Guide

Biodiversity Hospital

Working in medical teams, students balance competing priorities for the conservation of an endangered species and devise a ‘treatment’ plan.

Adaptation – Design a Species

By researching and designing their own species, students learn how animals are adapted physically and behaviourally to survive in particular habitats.

Sexual selection – The Dating Game

The Dating Game teaches students about sexual selection and the difference between intrasexual and intersexual selection.

Darwin's observations

An introduction to the life and work of Darwin and the observations he made that led to his theory of evolution by natural selection.

Animal classification

Compare the similarities and differences between species to help classify them into different animal groups.

Darwin's finches

Learn more about species variation and the use of identification keys by scientists.

Identification keys – sharks and rays

Use this species identification key to identify some of the world’s most amazing sharks and rays.

  • Education awards and partners

    aep 2010 winner Bett awards 2013 finalist AASL 2012 winner ERA 2013 finalist

  • STEM Ambassadors

  • Sign up to Arkive's education e-news

    Get our latest education resources, ideas and activities direct to your inbox.