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Biodiversity Skillbuilder 4: Modeling Classification (Grades 6-8)

Subject ScienceLife Science
Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Activity
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Next Generation Science Standards

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Students classify themselves into different groups based on observable characteristics of clothing and accessories, then apply to biological classification systems.

  •  Students will classify themselves into different groups based on observable characteristics of clothing and/or accessories. 
  • Students will practice observation skills by looking for similarities and differences of each group. 
  • Students will apply their understanding of classification to organisms.

This lesson is great for preparing students for BioBlitz or species inventory activities.

Lessons in this unit:

Skillbuilder 1:  Meet a Creature
Skillbuilder 2:  ID That Bird! 
Skillbuilder 3:  How Diverse is Biodiversity?
Skillbuilder 4:  Modeling Classification
Skillbuilder 5:  ID Using a Dichotomous Key

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Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.
Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.

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