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Dichotomous Classification Key Activity

Dichotomous Classification Key Activity
Dichotomous Classification Key Activity
Dichotomous Classification Key Activity
Dichotomous Classification Key Activity
Dichotomous Classification Key Activity
Dichotomous Classification Key Activity
Dichotomous Classification Key Activity
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This hands on activity will ensure that your students become experts on using and building dichotomous classification keys. Students will use a key to identify the leaves of cone bearing plants, followed by an activity that requires students to construct a key to classify 12 different primates.

Classification and taxonomy is such a fun topic to teach! This biology activity, "Let's Learn to Use and Build a Dichotomous Classification Key" is guaranteed to engage your students while providing a fun and highly educational activity.

Suitable for Biology and Life Science students in grades 7-12.


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Biology Labs: 15 Must Do Labs for a Biology Class.

Classification Complete Unit Plan Bundle


What is the purpose of this activity?
• Students will learn about dichotomous classification keys.
• Students will learn why classification is necessary, the definition of a dichotomous key, and how to use a dichotomous key.
• Students will write and develop their own classification key.
• Encourages students to use good observation and critical thinking skills.

What will the students do?
• Students will analyze pictures (included) of 7 different cone-bearing plants, and use the included dichotomous key to classify them.
• Students will learn to construct a classification key of their own.
• Students are given pictures of 12 different primates and asked to make their own classification key.
• There are also 10 follow up questions for students to answer.

Answers and teaching tips are included. You will receive both an editable Word document as well as a pdf form of this activity.

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Total Pages
8 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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