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1 Classification of Living Things
6th Grade Taxonomy Begin

2 Kings play chess on fine glass sets
Home Teacher Module Student Module This software was developed to be used by 6th grade students in a classroom setting to assist teachers in the instruction of taxonomy and the classification of living things. The mnemonic device of “Kings Play Chess” will be used throughout the program for subject matter retention. KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Please Select Teacher or Student Module Teacher Student KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Welcome to the Teacher Module! Lesson Plans Weblinks Printables Teacher KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Lesson Plans Select from the available lesson plans by clicking on the pdf file icon: Classification of Shoes Potato Chip Classification Classification of Doughnuts Animal Classification Teacher KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Weblinks The World Wide Web offers even more lesson plans and activities. We have listed some here for you. 1) Classification tutorial A Touch of Class Online Interactive Game 2) Aliens in your neighborhood! Classification is Sweet Lesson Invasive Species and the National Parks Introduction to the Principles of Taxonomy KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Printables Below you will find more resources for your lessons. These printables can be used for in-class assignments or homework to further reinforce the lessons. Click on the pdf icon to open. Classification Word Search Classification Crossword Puzzle Scientific Naming Worksheet KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Welcome to the Student Module! In this area, you will have access to interactive lessons to accompany classroom discussions. At the end of each lesson, you will have the opportunity to complete a unit quiz or activity before moving onto the next area. For help at any time, click on the at the top of each screen. Use the arrows to advance forward or go back. If no arrows are shown, click on the screen to continue the action until the arrows appear. Student KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Student Module 1 – UMnemonic Devices 2 – USeven Levels of Classification Student KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Mnemonic Devices Many of you have used a mnemonic device throughout school to help you remember something. Some examples of mnemonic devices you may have used: ROYGBIV (to remember the colors of the rainbow), Every Good Boy Does Fine (to remember the line notes on music) and King Henry Drinks Chocolate Milk (to remember the metric system). Taxonomists have a mnemonic device, too. The next section of this program will help you to find a fun way to remember the classification system. KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Mnemonic Devices Now, let’s play with the words and see if we can think of any rhymes to help us remember each classification word.  Kingdom – Phylum – Class – Order – Family – Genus – Species – King, kings, kids, any k words.... play, Phillip, party - chess, checkers, cooks, came - on, over - for, fine, fun - glass, great - spaghetti, sets Can you think of anymore? KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Mnemonic Devices Obviously, different people may come up with different sentences or rhymes that help them. For today, let’s go with: Kings Play Chess On Fine Glass Sets K I N G D O M P H Y L U C A S R E F KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Mnemonic Devices Activity Now it is time to see what you have learned. There is no time limit. When you are finished, simply close the web page to return to this program. Start Activity KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module 7 Levels of Classification Scientists classify millions of species. If all of the species were not classified, it would be next to impossible to know much about animals. Classification helps scientists (and us) to know the similarities and differences between living things. KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module 7 Levels of Classification Classification is defined as the process of arranging organisms into groups based on similarities. Taxonomy is the science of naming and classifying organisms. Scientists use both genetic (the DNA makeup of a living thing) and physical evidence (how it looks) to classifying living things. KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module KINGDOM The highest category in classification is the kingdom. Each organism is distinguished based on its cells and methods of nutrition. For this lesson, let’s look at the animal kingdom and use the polar bear as an example. Protists Plants Archaea Animals Bacteria Fungi KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module PHYLUM After the kingdom, the phylum is determined. At this level, the organisms are grouped based on their similarities in their basic body or organization. The polar bears phylum would be Chordata, which means that he is an animal with a rod like structure that develops into a backbone. These two do not belong Click on these two to throw away. KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module CLASS Class is directly below the phylum. The class breaks up the phylum further. The polar bear belongs to the class Mammailia. This means that animals in this group have a notochord (mammary gland) that feed their young milk. These four do not belong Click on these four to throw away. KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module ORDER Order is directly below the class. Order continues to break the groups up by using their similarities. In our example of the polar bear, the order would be Carnivora; animals that primarily eat flesh and possess special teeth for sheering through the flesh.   These three do not belong Click on these three to throw away. KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module FAMILY Family further breaks up the order groups by making the groups even smaller. The goal of the classification system is to give each organism its own name and classification tree. The polar bear has a family, too. His family is the Ursidae family. This means that all of his family are carnivores with large skulls and short tails. The tiger does not belong Click on the tiger to throw away. KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module GENUS The genus further breaks up the family into smaller groups. The polar bear belongs to the genus Ursus. Ursus classifies all the bears except those who eat mostly vegetation. The panda does not belong Click on the panda to throw away. KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module SPECIES You have finally narrowed down your organism to no similarities with any other animals. There is no other organism that shares all of the same characteristics. You have named the organism. Your organism species is the Martimus. The common name for the Ursus Martimus is the Polar Bear. The grizzly bear does not belong Click on the grizzly bear to throw away. KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module 7 Levels of Classification Quiz Now it is time to test what you have learned. There is no time limit. When you finish, simply close the web page to return to this program. Start Quiz KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Summary Congratulations! You have completed the program. Top Three things you have now learned: There are 7 levels of classification There are 6 kingdoms of living things What a mnemonic device is and how it can be used to help you remember things. Hope you had fun and learned something, too! KD © 2008

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Please exit the program now by closing your screen using the escape key (Esc) on your keyboard. This key can usually be found in the top left hand corner of your keyboard. You may also use the back button to return to the summary screen or the return button to return to the home page of the program. KD © 2008

26 Glossary Classification: the process of arranging organisms into groups based on similarities. Taxonomy: the science of naming and classifying organisms. Genus: a group of species that have similar characteristics. Dichotomous Key: a tool to identify organisms. Return main menu here.

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Home Teacher Module Student Module Help Screen To advance screens, the user may click on the navigational arrows at the bottom right hand corner of the screen or anywhere on the screen. Hidden text will appear when the user clicks anywhere on the screen. Users may replay or turn off the narration by clicking on the speaker. Go to the Glossary by clicking the dictionary Return to last screen here. KD © 2008


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