Classification of Living Organisms (Taxonomy) Homework and Study Guide

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Classification and Taxonomy of Living Organisms
Homework Assignments and Study Guide Worksheets


First it is homework, then it is a study guide. Win-win!

This document is a 5 page student worksheet consisting of 64 questions. As I am teaching my introductory unit on classification, I assign a portion of these questions for homework each night. This document provides quality homework assignments and ends up being a completed and thorough study guide for the unit test.

This worksheet of homework questions and problems was written to go along with my Powerpoint on this same topic: Classification and Taxonomy PowerPoint with Notes for Teacher and Student

All answers are included in the additional 3 page teacher guide that is included with this product.

PLEASE NOTE: This product is included in my bundled complete unit plan which can be viewed here: Classification and Taxonomy Complete Unit Plan Bundle.

The questions are of varying difficulty levels. Question types include:
• Compare and Contrast Terms – 3 questions
• Vocabulary Review Fill in the Blanks – 7 questions
• Short Answer – 14 questions
• Multiple Choice – 3 questions
• Name that kingdom! 12 questions
• Kingdom Comparison – 6 questions
• Given the classification of 4 organisms, students will answer a variety of questions – 10 questions
• Given a cladogram, students will answer 7 questions.

Topics Covered by this Study Guide:
• The need for a system of classification.
• Vocabulary: Taxonomy, phylogeny, molecular clock, derived characters, cladograms, domains.
• Early attempts at classification: Aristotle, misuse of common names.
• Linnaeus: Seven levels of classification, binomial nomenclature, definition of species, the rules of binomial nomenclature.
• Modern taxonomy: phylogeny, phylogenetic tree, reading a phylogenetic tree, practice questions.
• Modern taxonomy is based on: structural similarity, cellular organization, evolutionary relationships, biochemical similarities, genetic similarities, embryological similarities.
• Cladistics and cladograms: Definitions. Shared derived characters.
• Cladistics and cladograms: Students will look at a cladogram and answer questions about it.
• History of the Kingdoms: 2-kingdom system, 3-kingdom system, 5-kingdom system, and the 6-kingdom system of classification.
• Three domain system of classification. Students list each domain and the distinguishing characteristics of each.
• Comparison of kingdoms in the 6-kingdom system, including cell types, cell organization, and methods of food getting. Students must place organisms into the correct kingdoms. Students must state reasons why certain organisms are placed in their particular kingdoms.
• For each kingdom, students learn the characteristics of the kingdom.


Many of the questions are basic and concrete in nature, but many of the questions involve critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Your download will include both a Word document as well as a pdf of this extensive homework/study guide.

This study guide is appropriate for any biology or life science class with students in grades 8 - 12.

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