Ch 17: Organism Classification & Phylogenesis Basics

About This Chapter

In this chapter, you'll find a collection of fun science lessons that cover organism classifications and the basics of phylogenesis. Complete these lessons and quizzes whenever you need to brush up on these particular topics for a science test, project, class assignment or homework.

Organism Classification & Phylogenesis Basics - Chapter Summary

Study the classification and naming of living things with these simple online science lessons. As you explore this chapter, you'll review the fundamentals of organism classification and phylogenesis. Our expert science instructors also walk you through examples of organisms that exist in the different kingdoms. Studying this chapter can help you:

  • Define taxonomy
  • Interpret phylogenetic trees and cladograms
  • Recognize the characteristics of the Protista, Plantae, Animalia and Fungi kingdoms

These lessons are designed to be short, entertaining and easy-to-follow. Be sure to take the accompanying self-assessments to ensure you remember what you study. You can review the chapter online or print the lesson transcripts to study offline. If you have any questions along the say, simply take advantage of the chapter's handy Ask the Expert feature.

6 Lessons in Chapter 17: Organism Classification & Phylogenesis Basics
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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.

Kingdom Protista: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

3. Kingdom Protista: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Learn about the requirements to enter Kingdom Protista, one of the five kingdoms of life. Discover and read about the organisms that can be found there.

Kingdom Plantae: Facts, Characteristics & Examples

4. Kingdom Plantae: Facts, Characteristics & Examples

Chances are, you can thank a plant for your clothes, your food, and even your house. This lesson will explore the kingdom plantae including characteristics plants share as well as some facts and examples of organisms within this kingdom.

Animalia Kingdom: Definition, Characteristics & Facts

5. Animalia Kingdom: Definition, Characteristics & Facts

With over one million different species, the Animalia Kingdom is considered the largest kingdom. Its organisms also inhabit the most diverse habitats on Earth. This lesson will examine what characteristics animals possess and then will list some awesome animal facts.

Kingdom Fungi: Definition, Characteristics, & Examples

6. Kingdom Fungi: Definition, Characteristics, & Examples

The kingdom Fungi includes a diverse group of organisms that are neither plant nor animal. They absorb nutrition from other organisms while playing the important role of ecological decomposers. Learn more about this group and take a short quiz at the end.

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