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Dichotomous Key Worksheets: Organism Research, Art Station & Key Creation

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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Practice identifying FRESHWATER FISH based on their structures, build dichotomous keys in an engaging way, and create a scientific illustration in this research based PBL activity set! Great for an introductory practice activity or reinforcement/ review of the concept. Includes a BONUS art activity that your students will love!

First time students are using dichotomous keys? Try this activity first.

Want more like this? Check out Conifer Confusion.

Activity Options:

Option 1: Students use the realistic fish illustrations and list to research the identity of each specimen.

Option 2: Students create their own dichotomous key from the 12 samples included.

Option 3: Students create a detailed scientific illustration of a fish they choose, including relevant scientific information they will research.

BONUS: Students create an "exquisite corpse" drawing to explore the structure and function of the specimens more closely.

What is Included?

  • Identification Activity Worksheet (technology access recommended for research)
  • Build Your Own Key Worksheets
  • Scientific Illustration Prompt and Sample
  • Exquisite Corpse Art Science Instructions
  • Tail, Mouth and Body Shape Guide
  • Large color and black & white poster of the fish for closer examination
  • Answer Key


*Note: This product does NOT include a dichotomous key. The students CREATE their own key after researching the organisms.

These two products DO contain dichotomous keys for students to practice working through.

Fish Dichotomous Key

Evergreen Dichotomous Key

Come back soon for my next dichotomous key sets!

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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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