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Ch 1: Classification Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Use these lesson plan outlines as a resource for developing your scientific classification curriculum. You'll find helpful concepts and ideas to incorporate into your lessons and be able to structure your class time effectively.

Classification Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Utilize these practical and informative lesson plans to take the stress out of designing your scientific classification syllabus. These lesson plan outlines will help you meet your learning objectives and present the material in an engaging way. The lesson plans will cover the following topics:

  • Classifying living things
  • Taxonomy
  • Characteristics of living things
  • The dichotomous key
  • More classification topics!

With these lesson plan outlines, you'll have access to resources and classroom materials you can actually share with your students, like quizzes, discussion topics, and video lessons.

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  • Practical guidance: Provides informative examples and outlines to help you develop your teaching strategy
  • Student engagement: Integrates discussion topics, activities and games into the curriculum to keep students involved in the learning process
  • Concepts and terms: Highlights important vocabulary words to incorporate into your lessons

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning classification lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific classification topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your classification class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related classification lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important classification concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant science-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

40 Lessons in Chapter 1: Classification Lesson Plans
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Living & Nonliving Things Lesson Plan

1. Living & Nonliving Things Lesson Plan

Is it really alive? A video lesson helps students classify classroom items as living or non-living. For deeper focus on this topic, consider our suggestions for related lessons and supplementary activities.

Characteristics of Living Things

2. Characteristics of Living Things

Have you ever wondered what makes something alive? Learn more about the characteristics that classify something as living. These shared traits can be observed in all living things in the world around us.

Classification of Living Things Lesson Plan

3. Classification of Living Things Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students how to classify organisms. Students learn the history of nomenclature and hierarchical classification, then work in groups to classify organisms into kingdoms.

Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

4. 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.

Characteristics of Life Activities & Games

5. Characteristics of Life Activities & Games

Defining the characteristics of life can help students build a foundation upon which they can classify living and non-living things. Help your students learn about the eight characteristics of life using these activities and games.

Animal Classification Lesson Plan

6. Animal Classification Lesson Plan

Taxonomy sounds dull, but this lesson plan allows students to explore classification using a hands-on activity, interactive notes, and then a creative competition.

What is Animal Classification?

7. What is Animal Classification?

Animal classification is a system of grouping animals by their similar characteristics. How are animals classified, and why is this important? Dive into this lesson to learn more.

Animal Characteristics Lesson Plan for Elementary School

8. Animal Characteristics Lesson Plan for Elementary School

There are so many animals in our world. Some we have as pets and others terrify us. Your students will be introduced to basic information about animals as they read and discuss a text lesson, create animal booklets, and take a quiz.

Dichotomous Key Lesson Plan

9. Dichotomous Key Lesson Plan

If used properly, dichotomous keys provide a fail-safe way of identifying everything from minerals to mammals. With this lesson plan, your students will learn how to make their own dichotomous keys.

The Dichotomous Key: A Classifying Tool

10. The Dichotomous Key: A Classifying Tool

Sometimes, the best way to identify an object is to take a step-by-step approach. Dichotomous keys are perfect for this, helping us classify unknown objects through a series of questions and answers that lead us down the correct path.

Cladistics Lesson Plan

11. Cladistics Lesson Plan

What is cladistics and how does it help us classify and understand the relationships between organisms? This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to establish a knowledge base for students. An activity will help you challenge students to show what they've learned.

Cladograms and Phylogenetic Trees: Evolution Classifications

12. 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.

Animal Classification Lesson Plan for Elementary School

13. Animal Classification Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Do your students know how and why we classify animals? This lesson plan uses a simple and fun text lesson to outline key facts for students. A game solidifies understanding.

Animal Classification Lesson for Kids

14. Animal Classification Lesson for Kids

How are a dog and a lizard alike? What is the same about an octopus and an ant? Do spiders and sponges have something in common? Find out in this lesson about animal classification.

Species Composition Activities

15. Species Composition Activities

When your class studies ecosystems or classification, learning about species composition is important. Use these activities to help students understand species composition and its impact on an ecosystem.

Animal Kingdom Lesson Plan for Elementary School

16. Animal Kingdom Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Students find animals to be fascinating to watch. Your students will have a great time learning more about their favorite animals as they read and discuss a text lesson, complete a presentation, and take a quiz.

Animal Kingdom Lesson for Kids: Definition & Classification

17. Animal Kingdom Lesson for Kids: Definition & Classification

The animal kingdom is an enormous group of organisms that includes over a million different species of animals. What, exactly, makes something an animal and what do they all have in common? Read on to learn more.

Mammals Lesson Plan

18. Mammals Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides middle school students with a deeper look at mammals and their classifications. Students watch a short video, conduct research and apply their learning in a partner activity.

Mammals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

19. Mammals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about mammals. A text lesson explains what mammals are, gives defining characteristics and helps students learn to identify mammals. Hands-on work activities increase understanding.

Mammals Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Characteristics

20. Mammals Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Characteristics

Mammals are a special kind of animal. There are more than 4,000 different kinds of mammals in the world. At the end of the lesson, you will be able to say, 'I can tell what a mammal is and I can give some examples.'

Fungi Lesson Plan

21. Fungi Lesson Plan

Introduce your students to fungi with this lesson plan. Students will watch an informative video lesson, participate in discussions and play a fun game testing their understanding of the concepts.

What are Fungi? - Types and Characteristics

22. What are Fungi? - Types and Characteristics

In this lesson, we will examine the group of organisms known as the fungi. This group includes the familiar organisms mushrooms, yeasts and molds. We will look at several major characteristics of fungi, as well as a few disease-causing fungi.

Fungi Activities

23. Fungi Activities

You might be surprised to hear that fungi can be filled with vast possibilities for student engagement. These activities can be easily adjusted for age, and will give your students plenty of opportunities to get excited about fungi!

Yeast Science Activities

24. Yeast Science Activities

Most students are familiar with yeast, but few know how it works. These inquiry-based activities can be used alongside textbook lessons on enzymes, reaction rates, fungi and even baking.

Decomposers Lesson Plan

25. Decomposers Lesson Plan

Bring nature inside to show students the role decomposers play in our environment. This lesson plan uses a text lesson, group discussions, and a class-built worm bin to teach elementary students the importance of decomposers.

Decomposers Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

26. Decomposers Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Imagine entering a restaurant, ordering a meal, and the waiter brings out a bag of garbage for you. Gross, right? But for a decomposer, that's a very tasty meal. This lesson focuses on decomposers' way of life, examples of them, and how they help the environment.

Decomposers Activities

27. Decomposers Activities

Decomposers is not always the easiest topic to make hands-on in a classroom, and talking about mold and worms really isn't that much fun. This lesson plan provides creative ways to bring decomposers into your classroom and engage students in the scientific process.

Zoology Games

28. Zoology Games

If you're teaching your students about biology, then it's important for them to learn about the field of zoology. Use these games to help students understand essential concepts of zoology.

Herbivores Lesson Plan

29. Herbivores Lesson Plan

Herbivores are a critical part of any food chain. Your students will learn about herbivores and their importance as they watch a video, create herbivore food chains, and complete a worksheet.

Carnivores Lesson Plan

30. Carnivores Lesson Plan

Carnivores are all around us and we need them in order to have food ourselves. Your students will learn about carnivores and their importance as they watch an entertaining video, create carnivore profiles, and complete a worksheet.

Invertebrates Activities for Middle School

31. Invertebrates Activities for Middle School

Learning about the characteristics of invertebrates is important for students as they explore the diversity of animals in the world. Use these activities to help students examine different types of invertebrates.

Invertebrates Activities for High School Biology

32. Invertebrates Activities for High School Biology

Check out this lesson for great ideas to engage your students as they learn about invertebrates. You will be able to incorporate a variety of activities that will help your students gain interest and deepen their understanding with this concept.

Vertebrates Activities

33. Vertebrates Activities

If you are trying to teach high school students about different vertebrate animals, it can help to have some solid activities on hand. This lesson provides activities that will help you maximize your students' engagement and understanding.

Microbes Lesson Plan

34. Microbes Lesson Plan

Microbes surround us at all time. Your students will learn about microbes as they watch and discuss a video as well as complete and present a short research assignment.

Microbiology & Types of Microbes Activities for Middle School

35. Microbiology & Types of Microbes Activities for Middle School

Microbes are everywhere, so when we teach students about them they shouldn't be relegated to textbooks. Instead, let students explore common microbes through hands-on exploration.

Protists Lesson Plan

36. Protists Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about organisms called protists, the three types and characteristics. They will read a lesson, watch a video, answer discussion questions and take a quiz.

Types of Protists & Their Characteristics

37. Types of Protists & Their Characteristics

In this lesson, we will learn about protists and the different types of these microorganisms, categorized by either their mode of nutrient acquisition or life-stage characteristic. Afterward, test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Protists Activities

38. Protists Activities

Protists are not often the most exciting topic we teach in science courses. However, if you dig deeper, you and your students can see the value in studying these microorganisms.

Protozoa Lesson Plan

39. Protozoa Lesson Plan

Protozoa are a very interesting category of microbes. Your students will enjoy learning all about protozoa through a video and discussion, group research and presentation activity, and quiz.

Paramecium Lesson Plan

40. Paramecium Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, you will be able to teach students the basics about paramecium. Your students will then take part in an activity to help them put that basic knowledge to use as they categorize different types of paramecium.

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