Lesson Plan

Classification Systems

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Ninth Grade
Biology: Animals, Ecology, Science History
National/State Standards:
Utah Core Curriculum Seventh Grade Science.
Standard Five
Students will understand that structure is used to develop classification systems.
classification, dichotomous key, taxonomy, Species, genus, organisms, observation


This guide contains background information about how observation and classification are important to scientists, and directions for three activities that will help students better understand why organisms are classified in different ways.


Click on the PDFs below for the activity guide and materials that accompany each activity described in the activity guide.