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Classification Challenge

Published on 07/31/2012

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will analyze and describe how organisms are classified according to shared characteristics.

Objectives

  • Students will analyze and describe how organisms are classified according to shared characteristics.
  • Students will identify how organisms are organized into a hierarchy of classification.
  • Students will isolate specific characteristics of organisms, such as having chlorophyll and reproduces by seeds, so they are easier to study.

Vocabulary

  • Taxonomy
  • Taxonomist
  • Classification
  • Species
  • Class
  • Order
  • Family
  • Kingdom
  • Phylum
  • Genus

About the Lesson

This lesson will have the students partake in three different activities ranging from understanding key vocabulary to classifying organisms and sorting.

As as result, student will:

  • Understand the different "levels" of taxonomy their order from Kingdom to Species.
  • Provide reasons to "defend" why an animal is or is not part of a specific classification group.
  • Classify organisms by different distinguishing characteristics.