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Worksheet - Taxonomy - Animals - Chordates and Vertebrates - Distance Learning

Grade Levels
8th - 10th, Homeschool
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11 pages
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  1. A comprehensive 10 worksheet bundle that covers basic and advanced concepts in taxonomy and classification for an upper middle school or lower high school biology course. Topics include: Linnaean classification, species, cladistics, cladograms, archaea and bacteria, viruses, protists, fungi, plants,
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An 11-page reading and worksheet that covers two major topics: (1) chordates and their features and (2) the taxonomy of vertebrates, which includes their general characteristics, structure and function, unique adaptations, and 5 major groups.


Page 1-7: Reading Exercise

  • Review of the 3 domain system of classification
  • Animals: An Introduction
  • 2 major categories of animals (invertebrates, chordates)
  • Introduction to chordates
  • Taxonomy of chordates (including cladogram)
  • Invertebrate chordates (tunicates, lancelets)
  • Introduction to vertebrates
  • Adaptations of vertebrates
  • The 5 major groups of vertebrates
  • 3-page summary table of all 5 major vertebrate groups and key classes with names, examples, and descriptions:
    • Jawless fish
    • Cartilaginous fishes
    • Bony fishes (including ray-finned fishes, lobe-finned fishes, and lungfishes)
    • Amphibians (including frogs, salamanders, and caecilians)
    • Reptiles (including turtles, lizards and snakes, and crocodilians)
    • Birds
    • Mammals (including monotremes, marsupials, and placental mammals)

Pages 8-9 - Review Questions:

  • Review exercises that cover the major concepts found in the reading section.
  • Include short answer, summary charts, and concept application questions

Pages 10-11 - Answer Key:

  • Color-coded answer key for all review questions

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  • This worksheet comes in 2 formats: a static PDF document and fully-editable PPT document
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Relevant NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea(s) Addressed by This Product:


  • Life Science – From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes - Structure and Function


  • Life Science – Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity - Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity


  • Life Science – Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity - Adaptations

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence. Emphasis is on a conceptual understanding of the role each line of evidence has relating to common ancestry and biological evolution. Examples of evidence could include similarities in DNA sequences, anatomical structures, and order of appearance of structures in embryological development.
Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms. Emphasis is on functions at the organism system level such as nutrient uptake, water delivery, and organism movement in response to neural stimuli. An example of an interacting system could be an artery depending on the proper function of elastic tissue and smooth muscle to regulate and deliver the proper amount of blood within the circulatory system. Assessment does not include interactions and functions at the molecular or chemical reaction level.


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