Editable pasta dichotomous key activity is an activity that I created for my students to practice creating a dichotomous key. I allowed my students to work in partners to complete this activity but this could be done in groups or independently as well.
In this activity, students come up with a name for their pasta using scientific naming principles. They then group the pasta into groups and begin to create their dichotomous key. The types of pasta her can be changed as well as more types can be added.
Once students are finished completing their key they then rotate around the room using other groups' key to try and identify the names of the pasta (organisms).
I found that creating a key helped my students to better understand how a dichotomous key actually works.