• The activity is meant to be used in the science classroom. It is designed to introduce students to the concepts of classification and observation.
• I used this lesson with sixth grade students, but it could easily be adapted down for 4th-5th graders or up for 7th-8th graders.
• Two activities are included in this lesson. The first is meant to be used as a teaching tool or a homework practice activity. The second one will put the students through the steps of creating the dichotomous key. Teacher directions are included for each activity. Ideas for extension are included with the second activity.
• Notes on printing -- Color printing is ideal. In a perfect world, every student would get their own copy of the colored pages. However, we don’t live in a perfect world! If color printing is an issue, try the following suggestions:
• A class set can be made, laminated, and reused in subsequent years. These could be marked on with dry erase markers. If laminating isn’t an option, plastic sheet protectors also work.
• Project the color image on your screen/Smartboard and make accompanying black and white copies for students to mark on.
• Make 1-2 color pages per group in your classroom that can be shared and make black and white copies for the kids to mark on.
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