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Animal Kingdom Classification Project

Animal Kingdom Classification Project
Animal Kingdom Classification Project
Animal Kingdom Classification Project
Animal Kingdom Classification Project
Animal Kingdom Classification Project
Animal Kingdom Classification Project
Product Description
Animal Kingdom Classification Project is ideal for an anchoring or summative unit that allows your students to apply their previous knowledge of the 3 domain, 6 kingdom classification, the DKPCOFGS, and characteristics of the Animal Kingdom. It provides an opportunity for students to research 2 species within the Animal Kingdom, synthesize these notes into a compare / contrast VENN diagram with associated questions; then as small teams present their findings to their classmates.

Creating a dichotomous key based on the 15 animal species pictured OR if student readiness is at a stage where using a Dichotomous Key is more appropriate, they may use the same 15 animal species and a Dichotomous Key to identify each one.

While covering the 6 kingdom, 3 domain classification system, these are projects that require students to conduct research, and include Depth of Knowledge levels 1 through 4 oriented around the Animal Kingdom, self-assess on team work; give class presentations, and reflect on their projects; they also have the rubric by which each major part of the project is being assessed (Research/Venn/Presentation). Time required to conduct this section of classification is approximately 3 hour long class periods, depending on your classes, class size and their mastery of classification (it may be more or less).

Previous knowledge required:

Characteristics of each of the 3 domains and 6 kingdoms;
Basic understanding of how to use and create a dichotomous key (basic use of dichotomous keys, and the rules for using and creating a dichotomous key).
These lessons, projects and dichotomous key are an excellent way to anchor and assess student knowledge of the Animal Kingdom, working together as teams, individual work, and a summative creation or use of a dichotomous key that uses the 15 species included in this lesson. It also allows for student reflection with1- 4 DOK questioning stems taken from Norman Webb.

Material Included:
The 2 PowerPoint Presentations are more for order of projects and review; the instructional material included is basic.
1 PP (5 pages) with basic instructions of what the project expectations are.
1 review PP (9 pages) that revisits terminology that was covered during the classification unit
1 Student Notes (with 1 example teacher key) for students to collect data as they research their 2 species;
1 page: 15 images with common names of various members of the Animal Kingdom (color pics)
Team cards: 10 pairs of species from the set of 15, for students to research as small teams (color pics)
1 Animal Kingdom VENN diagram with project rubric on back: this is where students synthesize their research notes into a compare/contrast organizer.
1 Rubric for self-evaluation small group participation (1/2 sheet) 1 per student.
Bell work, 3 different choices Animal Kingdom characterisitics compare and contrast.
1 Exit pass to create your own species;
1 exit pass resource with sentence stems based on1- 4 levels of DOK from Webb.
1 (4 pages) How to create a dichotomous key using the 15 animal species student copy (used as an enrichment; assessment or anchoring project); OR students may use the dichotomous key for the 15 Animal species pictured.

I hope you enjoy this lesson as much as my students and I have!

Total Pages
27 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 hours
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