Dichotomous Keys Lab Stations Activity

Dichotomous Keys Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory does not address a specific Next Generation Science Standard, but it complements concepts related to other NGSS. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Dichotomous Keys Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Explain the usefulness of a dichotomous key.
2. Use a dichotomous key to identify objects or living things.
3. Create a dichotomous key that can be used to identify objects or living things.

Science Skills Station
Students will use a dichotomous key at this station to identify different species of fish. Students will identify 12 species of fish based on observable characteristics of the fish.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about dichotomous keys. They will also watch a video about how to use dichotomous keys.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to dichotomous keys. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will develop a dichotomous key to help classify different dog breeds. Students will first watch a 5-minute video that exemplifies how to make a dichotomous key. Then students will make a dichotomous key that would help identify eight dogs.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
2 Computers or Tablets

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
29 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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