Unit 4: Organization of Life

Click here to see the daily schedule posted on the whiteboard in class.

In order to study the millions of different species on this planet science has had to establish and constantly improve upon a common and complete system of classification. The unit begins with observing subtle differences between objects and then grouping them according to common characteristics, Next, we focused on understanding the present taxonomic system including characteristics of kingdoms, phyla, and their progressive subgroups. Using identification keys to find scientific names gave us an appreciation of the logic embedded in the Latin classification system.

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October 27 - November 14, 2008

Day

Date

Topics and Activities

Assignment

1


Unit 3 packet and Unit 4 Overview
-create unit 3 packet
-discuss human tendency to organize

[] Attribute Activity

2


Observing Common Characteristics
-continue []
-explain [] and view student samples
[]

3


Leaf Organization (=[])
-collect 9ish samples
-create organization chart

same as yesterday

4


Your Attribute Activity
-testing, refining, packaging
-leaf sorting

Enter information about
your Attribute Activity

5


Classification Activity
-noodle sorting and drawing (= [])
-diagramming groups

[]
Diagramming Groups

6


Organization of Living Things
-species vs. groups
-personal classification system

[]:  20/20 Lists & P.C.S. 
and bring objects to sort

7


Classification Activity
-shoe short sport
-sorting your objects

[]
Shoes & Your Objects

8


Taxonomy
-the 6 kingdoms
-the 7 levels of classification

[]
K.P.C.O.F.G.S.

9


Taxonomy
-examples and details

-video on 5 (old) kingdoms

 10

 Scientific Names and Dichotomous Keys
-examples of KPCFGS and Linneaus' system
-using identification keys 
[47]
Identification Keys


Tree Finder Activity
-review how an Identification Key works
-keying out leaves 
[]
Tree Keys (using leaves)

11


Classification/Identification Project
-partners, instructions, naming, coloring
-pyramid, id. key, and answer key

[]

12


Classification/Identification Project
-partners, instructions, naming, coloring
-pyramid, id. key, and answer key

study for test

objectives study guide

13


Unit Test and Packet
-test and correcting line
-finish [] and plan for testin

get [14] tested and signed