Lesson Plan

Classification Systems

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Lesson Duration:
60 Minutes
State Standards:
Utah Core Curriculum
Seventh Grade Science
Standard 5: Objective 1, Objective 2, Objective 3


This guide will help students to understand and learn how observations about organisms and their structures are used to develop classification systems.


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. The activities are most beneficial to students when completed in order. This guide is specifically designed for seventh grade classrooms, but the activities can be modified for students at other levels.


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Lesson Hook/Preview

All science is initially based on observations of the world around us. The more we observe, the more our ability to gain knowledge can increase. Even the earliest scientists used direct observation to make sense of and categorize and classify the world around them.


Follow suggested procedures within the activity guide.


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Last updated: March 18, 2016