Taxonomy: Who is in my family?

20 Oct 2014 | Biology, See All Labs

In this lesson, we will find out more about how organisms are classified into various groups by learning how to use a dichotomous key to identify specific organisms in a collection of different ones.

Materials & Preparation

In Class Materials (per student):

  • 1 x student worksheet
  • 1 x set of photographs (20 cut-outs from appendix A)

Photographs of the following: Escherichia coli, Helicobacter pylori, Bird’s-nest fern, Maize, Redwood tree, Shitake mushroom, Death cap mushroom, Monarch butterfly, Blue crab, Barnacle, Spider, Tick, Clam, Snail, Banana slug, Chimpanzee, Long-tailed macaque, Fruit bat, Hummingbird, Peregrine falcon

  • 1 x cartoon animals set A (cut-outs A1 to A8 from appendix B)
  • 1 x set A dichotomous key (appendix C)
  • 1 x cartoon aliens set B (cut-outs B1 to B8 from appendix D)
    • Advanced students only
    • 1 x plain drawing paper
      • Advanced students only