Sorting Seashells

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Scientists use morphological, physiological, and molecular information to continually revise organism classification. Scholars observe and learn about 20 shells. Then, they work to sort and classify the shells, building a taxonomy based on common traits.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Remind students to consider more than just appearance when attempting to classify seashells
  • Add the diagram of the current taxonomy to science journals
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of taxonomy and biodiversity

  • Provides a video offering more detail about each group of shells once properly classified
  • When submitting an incorrect answer, learners are offered an explanation and another chance to correct their response

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