This lesson works well as a more interactive approach to teaching students about the classification of organisms into kingdoms as well as how to classify plants and animals. Students will use their textbook (or whatever source you have provided- see the “Students Will Need” below) to work their way through the clues on the cards. The cards can be printed and put on a ring and set out as task cards, or can be used as a review for a test. Sometimes I spread the cards out around the classroom and let the students work their way through them as they go around the room. This lesson can take anywhere from 30-50 minutes depending on your students' prior knowledge and abilities.
This lesson includes:
*16 classification task cards (6 kingdoms, 4 plant groups and 6 animal groups)
*Student task card questions
*Student task card questions key
Students will need:
Students will need to have access to information (textbook or chart) that gives the characteristics of the six kingdoms (archaebacterial, eubacteria, protista, fungi, plantae, and animalia), plant groups (nonvascular plants, flowering seed plants, nonflowering seed plants, and seedless vascular plants), and animal groups (sponges and cnidarians, worms, mollusks, vertebrates, echinoderms, and arthropods). Students will be more successful with the cards if they have had an introduction into the kingdoms, plant groups and animal groups.
*Please note* the preview only includes the task card questions, but you can preview the cards in the thumbnails above