Animal Classification

This Animal Classification activity & project also includes:

Aristotle is regarded by many as the most intelligent man ever.  In the 12th part of a series of 20, scholars see how Aristotle used a biological key for classification and how his ideas continue today.The activity introduces pupils to the historical way animals were classified.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pairs expand Aristotle's key by adding more branches and more descriptions; share with the class
  • Instruct class members to create their own biological keys and share with the class
  • Show the class images of animals and have them use Aristotle's biological key to classify them
Classroom Considerations

  • Could be used at the upper elementary level as well

  • Includes answer key
  • Short, simple activity is a great and informative exercise

  • None
Common Core