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.
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!