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Students are introduced to the classification system of animals. In groups, they set up an aquarium in which they must maintain throughout the year. They also observe earthworms and how they react to various stimuli and research the characteristics of arthropods. To end the instructional activity, they focus on one phylum of animals and present their information to the class.
Young scholars classify microfossils according to their physical characteristics. In this earth science instructional activity, students research about what phylum their fossil belong to. They prepare slides and write descriptions about them.
Comparative anatomy prevails in the lesson exploring diversity among invertebrates. Biologists examine physical characteristics of an earthworm from phylum annelida and a meal worm from phylum insecta. They also inspect a cricket and a crayfish, both arthropods, but from different classes. Plenty of direction, space for recording observations, and follow-up questions make this handout a thorough investigation of invertebrates for middle or high school biology classes, especially when studying classification.
Students identify some of the different species of crabs and tell how they adapt themselves to their environment. They discuss the evolution and stages of development of the crabs. They identify the Phylum Arthropoda and the Class Crustacea.
Students design and create their own hypothetical animal. In this biology lesson, students identify the factors organisms need to survive. They classify their animals according to its correct phylum.
Fifth graders identify two similarities and two differences between two phyla, assign fictitious invertebrate to its phylum and explain why it belongs in that grouping, and construct member of given phylum and explain why it should be placed in the phylum.
Students practice classifying animals in the proper phylum and writing proper scientific names. They create a stair grid to classify each animal they see during a field trip to the Minnesota Zoo. They use this grid to identify the primary characteristics for several animal phyla.
In this animal phylum review instructional activity, learners sharpen their science skills as they match the 7 animal phylum names to the appropriate pictures and descriptions.
In this Porifera learning exercise, students compare and contrast the characteristics of the organisms found in this phylum. This learning exercise has 1 graph, 2 short answer, and 15 fill in the blank questions.
In this biology worksheet, students complete a concept map of the Phylum Arthropoda using the word list given. They fill in the 10 blanks with correct answers.
Young scholars use a dichotomous key to classify various vertebrate jar speciments into classes. They examine the speciments for general characteristics of each class and fill in a corresponding chart and then complete a few final assessment questions to demonstrate understanding.
All major groups of vertebrates are summarized here with the characteristics of each explained. Other subphyla of chordates are listed: cephalochordata, urochordata, monotremata, marsupialia. The details are relevant but are not linked to any other task. A teacher could create an activity to supplement this resource.
In this fossil worksheet, students are given a bag of fossils to identify. They use a key and a worksheet with pictures of the various types of fossils. They answer questions about fossils and use a web site to find out if their state has a fossil.
Learners use diagrams to compare structural differences that taxonomists use to classify animals. In this classification lesson plan, students compare structures of different species from given diagrams. In one diagram they identify the phylum of each species, in another they identify the class of each species, in another they identify the order of each species and finally the family names of each species.
Tenth graders gain an understanding of how individual organisms adapt and relate to an environment. By picking a real biome and environment, the "animal" that students create needs to match all of its life systems to a particular area.
Students use taxonomy in practical setting of the zoo. They practice identifying animals using their knowledge and understanding of taxonomy, phylum characteristics, and binomial nomenclature.
Five pages provide thorough coverage of three protozoans: euglena, amoebae, and paramecia. For each, junior biologists read factual text, label the organism, and write answers to several questions. This neatly organized assignment is five pages long and makes an ideal preparation for examining these protists in the laboratory.
The author of this presentation elaborates on the details of insect classification, information apparently required to become a master gardener in the horticulture program at Oregon State University. Though lengthy (110 slides), it is an outstanding collection of photos, graphs, and diagrams to educate the viewer in basic entomology. Not only could this be used as a resource for horticulture classes, it can even stand as an introduction to a college entomology course. 
Seventh graders examine the ways that animals are classified.  In this animal characteristics lesson students complete a scavenger hunt with animal characteristics.
Learners investigate taxonomy. They explore some of the commercial marine species caught in Magdalena Bay and develop a classification system for presented animals.

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