All of the natural world displays great diversity. Nature allows us to see and understand the way our world was formed. As diverse and as large as our world is, everything has a sense of order and organization. For this reason, it is no surprise that the scientific world seeks to do the same.
Taxonomy is the branch of biology that studies living things for the specific purpose of classifying them in an orderly manner. In Classification of Living Things, we will explore the reasons, methods, and outcomes of classification.
The information in Classification of Living Things presents classification as a means to show similarities between species.
Classification of Living Things is designed for grades 6 - 12 Biology, Life Science, and Ecology courses. It may take 10 - 15 class periods to complete all worksheets, labs and assessments.
In Classification of Living Things Unit, students will be able to:
- Describe various methods of classification
- Write and explain the importance of using scientific names
- Organize and explain the various taxa levels used in classification
- Identify the determinants of relationship between species
- Identify the six kingdoms used in modern classification
- Create and read a cladogram and tree of life
Specific worksheets and labs include the following: Scientific Names (& Key), Quiz: Classification (& Key), Interpreting Graphics - Taxonomy (& Key), Lab: Making a Dichotomous Key (& Key), Quiz: Taxa (& Key), Tree of Life (& Key), Lab: Cladogram (& Key), Quiz: Determining Relationship (& Key), Six Kingdoms (& Key), Lab: Kingdom Classification (& Key), Quiz: Six Kingdoms (& Key), Pre-Test: Classification of Living Things (& Key), Test: Classification of Living Things (& Key).