Copyright

Ch 16: AP Biology - Phylogeny & Classification of Organisms: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Phylogeny and Classification of Organisms unit of this AP Biology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the concepts related to phylogeny and the classification of organisms. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Biology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the importance of phylogeny and the classification of different organisms. There is no faster or easier way to learn about phylogeny and the classification of organisms. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about hierarchical classification, domain bacteria and endosymbiosis.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a biology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Phylogeny and Classification of Organisms unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Phylogeny and Classification of Organisms Unit Objectives:

  • Learn about the classification system used for all living things.
  • Discuss the uses for phylogenetic trees and cladograms.
  • Explore the cellular composition of prokaryotes.
  • Study animal- and plant-like protists.
  • Examine the characteristics of various plants and fungi.
  • Discuss the evolution of animals.
  • Learn about the characteristics of primates and humans.

7 Lessons in Chapter 16: AP Biology - Phylogeny & Classification of Organisms: Homeschool Curriculum
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

1. Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

The name you give to a living thing may be completely different than the name someone else uses. In science, we use a common naming system for all living things to avoid confusion. This lesson will explore the basics of our classification system.

Cladograms and Phylogenetic Trees: Evolution Classifications

2. Cladograms and Phylogenetic Trees: Evolution Classifications

Family trees help show how people are related to each other. Similarly, scientists use cladograms and phylogenetic trees to study the relationships between organisms.

The Evolution of Prokaryotes: Archaebacteria and Eubacteria

3. The Evolution of Prokaryotes: Archaebacteria and Eubacteria

The first living organisms on Earth were bacteria. These small organisms still exist today and are responsible for many things. In this lesson, we will explore both ancient bacteria and true bacteria.

The Evolution of Protists: Importance & Evolutionary History

4. The Evolution of Protists: Importance & Evolutionary History

Some organisms are very familiar. However, there are some that play vital roles in our lives that we don't even think about. We will look at a group of one of these unfamiliar kingdoms - protists.

The Evolution of Plants and Fungi: Characteristics & Evolutionary History

5. The Evolution of Plants and Fungi: Characteristics & Evolutionary History

In early classification systems, plants and fungi were grouped together. While there are some similarities between these two kingdoms, there are some key differences that we will explore.

The Evolution of Animals: Importance & Evolutionary History

6. The Evolution of Animals: Importance & Evolutionary History

The animal kingdom ranges from simple organisms like sponges to complex organisms like humans. We will look at some defining characteristics of animals as well as examples of both invertebrates and vertebrates.

The Evolution of Humans: Characteristics & Evolutionary History

7. The Evolution of Humans: Characteristics & Evolutionary History

Just like other organisms, humans have changed over time. We will look at the evolution of humans as well as connections with our primate relatives, including Old World and New World primates.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Other Chapters

Other chapters within the AP Biology: Homeschool Curriculum course

Support