The art of observation is the root of most great science. It is rare that we remember to take the time to let our students really take the time to look at the world around them in detail. The purpose of this lab is three fold. 1) I want students to look at a living specimen in detail and recognize it has particular features to help it fulfill its niche.
2) Students use a dichotomous key and practice using logic to classify living organisms.
3) I want them to be reflective in their work and either defend their answers or ask further questions about the process. This packet contains a student friendly dichotomous key and two varieties of labs that can be used with the key