Classification Lesson Plans

  • Worksheet
    Fingerprint Classification
    Lesson Plan
     
    Worksheet
    Students use fingerprints to learn how to create a classification system.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf High School
  • Project
    Dinosaur Evolution Project
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Lesson Plan (PDF)

    Lesson Plan (DOCX) with Membership
     
    Project
    Students pretend to evolve a dinosaur using Darwin's principles of evolution and watch how the dinosaur adapts to an environmental change. This is a very comprehensive project including natural selection, adaptations, chromosome and point mutations, gene pools, isolation, Mendel genetics, protein synthesis, fossils, ecology, competition,and speciation.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
    HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
    HS-LS4.C: Adaptation
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Worksheet
    Interpreting Graphics - Taxonomy
    Lesson Plan
     
    Worksheet
    Using a concept map, students interpret how how animals are related.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf High School
  • Worksheet
    Dichotomous Key
    Lesson Plan
     
    Worksheet
    Students practice using keys on an imaginary creature (Norns).
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf High School
  • Lab Experiment
    Invertebrate Diversity
    Student Handout
    Teacher Notes
     
    Experiment
    Students compare basic characteristics of earthworms, snails, and several arthropods, all of which can be purchased at low cost from local pet stores.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
     
    Published by Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty High School

More Classification lesson plans are in the works.
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