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This is a very simple and elementary classification key that can be used at the beginning of a unit on classification. The purpose of this key is to teach the students how to use a dichotomous key. A dichotomous key is a classification key that gives the students two choices to choose from before moving on to the next set of choices. Dichotomous keys are often found in field guide manuals.
This key is a classification key to a "crazy" animal kingdom of cartoon animals. It is very short and simple. Students are given pictures of some mixed up "animals" and will use the key to find out the name of the animal. After using this as instruction for teaching the concept of the dichotomous key, I would give the students a more complex key to try.
This product is very appropriate for elementary grades, and middle school grades. I use this every year in my high school biology class as a simple and silly way to teach dichotomous keys. My high school students find it entertaining. They quickly grasp the concept of the dichotomous classification key, and we move on to more scientific keys.
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