Cladogram Activity- Classifying Plants

Grade Levels
8th - 10th, Homeschool
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7 pages
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Are your students learning about common ancestry and evolution? In this cladogram activity, students are introduced to these topics as they make their own cladogram for the plant kingdom. Learning about evolution within the context of plant diversity is a great way for students to visualize the concepts!

Topics addressed in this lesson: cladogram, derived character, outgroup, evolution, traits, plant structures, classification of plants, common ancestry

Included in this product:

  • Teacher planning page with instructions and ideas for differentiation
  • Printable set of 7 cards. Each card lists the traits of one group of plants
  • 3 pages leading students through the process of making a cladogram and comprehension questions to assess understanding
  • Answer keys


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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence. Emphasis is on a conceptual understanding of the role each line of evidence has relating to common ancestry and biological evolution. Examples of evidence could include similarities in DNA sequences, anatomical structures, and order of appearance of structures in embryological development.


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