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Seventh graders explain the importance of taxonomy. In this biology instructional activity, 7th graders classify organisms accordingly. They develop a mnemonic to help them remember taxonomy levels.
Students observe different animals with bilateral symmetry. For this biology lesson, students compare how these animals move. They discuss the evolutionary history of observed animals.
Investigate the life of bugs and how they interact with the environment in this integrated science and language arts lesson plan. Young scientists construct mini environments in cages in order to make observations. This data forms the basis of research papers and/or imaginary stories about the insect they collect on the school yard or at home.
Students create a power point presentation of one of the phylum within the animal kingdom. They work in groups of two. Students show information gained during study of the animal kingdom unit as well as knowledge gained during lessons on PowerPoint, digital camera use, and scanning techniques.
Students identify and describe five main groups of the Phylum Chordata. They discover that the Phylum Chordata is the vertebrates. Students identify the main difference between invertebrates and vertebrates. They read passages about the different chordates.
In this taxonomy worksheet, students put groups of animals into their proper order, phylum, or class. Students determine relationships between groups of animals. This worksheet has 12 true or false, 17 fill in the blank, and 6 matching questions.
Students research sea life using laptop computers. For this sea life lesson, students participate in a field trip to the beach and enter observations into their laptop computers. Students classify shells and sea life.
Students investigate the role of sponges in our oceans.  For this biology lesson, students create a diagram visualizing how sponges bring food into their bodies through a filtering process.  Students discuss the connections between sponges, coral reefs, fish, and our dietary habits.
Students make observations and describe the filter-feeding in sponges as it relates to the ecological role of sponges on coral reefs. For this filter-feeding in reef sponges lesson, students are introduced to the feeding methods of multicellular animals called sponges. Students then create a diagram that describes specific observations. Students then watch a video clip of sponge feeding.
Beginning biologists learn the characteristics of the five classes in the arthropod phylum. A student handout lists characteristics to help them identify five specimens. You will need to collect an example of each: arachnida, crustacea, diplopoda, chilopoda, and insecta. This exploration can be used with a wide range of age groups.
Students investigate planaria of the phylum platyhelminthes. They use DigiScope technology to observe and describe the structure and movements of planarians.
For this taxonomy worksheet, students come up with the category and then fill out the kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species of the animal.
In this arthropod worksheet, students compare and contrast the different animals found in the Phylum Arthropoda: insects, arachnids, and crustaceans. Students complete 8 fill in the blank statements and color illustrations.
In this Euglena and Spirogyra activity, students read about these two Protozoans and they answer fourteen questions about their specified structures and functions. They color a diagram of Euglena and Spirogyra and label their parts.
Tenth graders explain how organisms are classified according to similarities. In this biology instructional activity, 10th graders research on five different organisms of their choice. They prepare a report and presentation about them which they share with the class.
Eighth graders study how and why animals are classified into eight groups in the animal kingdom. They work together to identify organisms. They use the key to determine the phylum for the included problems.
Students use a key to determine the phyla of invertebrates. They are broken into groups and each group gets a stack of pictures and uses the key to determine which phyla the animal belongs to. There are also individual questions for the students to answer as well.
Students investigate several organisms, set sticky traps to collect them, and attempt to identify and classify them using a variety of sources. The origins of the organisms are traced and their adaptive features examined.
Marine biology beginners read about the 2005 Florida Coast Deep Corals expedition, research phylum Cnidaria, and then report on a specific coral deep-sea coral group. There is an abundance of background information and internet resources to keep your class exploring coral for days!
Students investigate various forms of aquatic life. They use four senses, touch, taste, smell, and observation to explore mollusks. Students cook and taste various types mollusks, such as mussels, scallops, and squid.

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