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Fifth graders choose an activity to help them memorize the animal classification terms according to their own "multiple intelligences" learning style. In this animal classification and study skills lesson, 5th graders memorize animal classification terms by creating mnemonic devices, constructing models, writing lyrics, or other activities developed to match multiple intelligences.
In this kingdom animalia activity, students fill out examples of the phylums chordata, arthropoda, and mollusca and write the meaning of prefixes and suffixes. Students complete 9 problems.
Pupils list characteristics and features of animals found in their community. They then group the animals according to how they are similar and different and create names for each group. They then create a chart of their classification system.
Students explore the major characteristics of the major animal phyla. They describe adaptive features that have contributed to the success of animals on land. Students explain how primate evolution provides a context for understanding human origins. They participate in a game to match animals characteristics to their phylum or class.
In this protists worksheet, 9th graders complete the table identifying several types of protists and matching the correct picture to them. Then they describe and name what phylum or class each protist belongs to.
In this animal kingdom worksheet, students compare and contrast the 10 different phyla including the description and approximate number of species found in each one. This worksheet is a graphic organizer.
Students research questions pertaining to ecology and biology of shallow and deep water corals.  In this investigative instructional activity student get into groups and design questions that will expand their knowledge of corals. 
Young scholars study squid including what family they are in.  For this exploratory lesson students view a video, answer questions and complete an activity on squid. 
Sixth graders examine earthworms and their parts.  In this earthworm lesson students complete a lab worksheet on the earthworm and test its response to certain factors. 
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 biology worksheet, students identify and locate various vocabulary terms relating to the classification of living things. There are 28 biology terms located in the word search.
Students examine what a chordate is.  In this technical terms lesson students read terms in a dictionary and answer questions on a worksheet. 
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.
Students 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.
Young scholars 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.
Students investigate taxonomy. They explore some of the commercial marine species caught in Magdalena Bay and develop a classification system for presented animals.
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.

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