This includes 3 different activities for students to explore classification and nomenclature.
Activity 1: Classifying Plants & Animals Through Nomenclature
Students will use the Internet to research a plant or animal species classification and nomenclature and then create a branching tree diagram.
Activity 2: MiniLab: Dichotomous Keys
Students will create a dichotomous key to classify various classroom objects and see that objects can have different groupings depending on which characteristic is focused on to create the key.
Activity 3: Lab: Classifying the Students in Our Class
Students will work to group the students in the class based on chosen characteristics by creating a dichotomous key and then use the information collected to create a cladogram / branching tree diagram.