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Students learn about binomial nomenclature, the scientific system of classification. In this scientific classification lesson, students work cooperatively to complete a binomial scavenger hunt using the internet and a Visual Thesaurus. Student groups compete against other teams to correctly identify and classify the greatest number of organisms according to their binomial and common names.
Youngsters create a list of grocery store items and then work together to categorize them as if they were setting up the shelves of the market. Then they are given a box of miscellaneous objects to practice categorizing. With these two experiences under their belts, you can then introduce them to the biological classification system and the use of a dichotomous key for identifying unknown organisms. The instructional activity is specific to Kentucky wildlife, but can easily be adapted no matter where you live. 
Students understand the definition of binomial nomenclature. In this binomial nomenclature lesson, students classify ordinary animals by seeking their scientific names. Students participate in a knowledge hunt using binomial nomenclature.
Students explore diverse forms of life by using modern biological classification systems to group animals that are related. Students then study basic scientific groupings like genus, species, mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles, and pair different vertebrate animals, identifying their common traits.
Tenth graders are introduced to the the use of similarities and differences in the classification process. Students will then learn how biological classification represents how organisms are related, with species being the most fundamental unit of the classification system.
Students develop their own system for classifying a group of objects or organisms using observed similarities and differences. They investigate the process of scientific classification, and explain how marine organisms are classified by scientists.
Students study about the survival and hunting strategies of several different kinds of spiders. They also be introduced to scientific classification of spiders and write a brief report about one of the spider families they observe.
In this scientific classification worksheet, students read about classification and the questions scientists ask in order to classify, then read about features of different classifications of animals. Worksheet is informational, no associated activities.
Alphabet insects! Who has ever heard of such a thing? Get ready because your class is going to research insects that start with a specific letter of the alphabet. In small groups, they'll use the Internet and reference texts to locate common insects that begin with the assigned letter. Then they are challenged with the task of using insect behavior and physical characteristics to classify all the buggy names they collected during research. This is a great activity that incorporates several key skill sets and looks like a lot of fun.
Poor, misunderstood spiders! They are feared, disrespected, and detested by many people, yet they do so many positive things. A great addition to any insect unit, learn about some of the more common spiders, while hopefully dispelling some cases of arachnophobia. After reading about eight common spiders, the class goes in search of these critters to make field observations, some of which may be completed from kids' own homes. As it states in the lesson plan, the spiders should be observed, not touched, and certainly not squished. If a child finds a dangerous spider in his/her home, they should seek out an adult to relocate the spider outdoors; however, most arachnids found in the home actually keep the bug population to a minimum and do more good than harm. While it isn't expected that everyone will come away from the activities loving spiders, hopefully they will have a new appreciation and respect for the little guys. 
Seventh graders explain the importance of taxonomy. In this biology lesson, 7th graders classify organisms accordingly. They develop a mnemonic to help them remember taxonomy levels.
Students compare differences in amino acids in the beta hemoglobin from representative primates, complete a matrix of those differences, and from these data, construct and interpret cladograms as they reflect relationships and timing of divergence.
Students are introduced to the concept of classification as it relates to objects, information, and characteristics.  In this classification lesson, students research a variety of animals. Students study the Linnaeus's system of classifying plants and animals on seven levels. Students use the scientific classification system to identify a plant or animal and make significant connections regarding the Latin root based language of each term.
Three lessons and five assessments are contained in this material. Various paper shapes are sorted as a simulation of biological classification. Learners gather a list of living things that they are familiar with and design a classification system for them. The third lesson in the series focuses on the outdated kingdom Monera. As long as you teach the more current name for the bacteria, the culturing and examination in this activity is applicable to the taxonomy theme. 
Students compare the different classifications and explore how organisms are grouped.  In this classification lesson students study images of organisms and answer questions. 
In this classification worksheet, students will look at how biological classification began and how scientific names are used in biology. Students will use a table showing the classification of four organisms to answer 10 short answer questions. This worksheet also contains 6 matching questions and 9 true or false questions.
Students explore how biological classification is intimately associated with evolution.
Pupils examine and analyze a poster that presents various types of animals throughout the ages. They determine biological classification with fossils and earth history in a game.
Students develop a Taxonomic Key for marine invertebrates from pictures they are given after practicing together with common objects, such as shoes. They then compare their key to a provided Ocean Invertebrates Taxonomic Key.
Students study biodiversity while examining insects. They research insects that already exist and how they adapt to their environment.

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