Ch 21: Phylogeny and the Classification of Organisms: Biology 101 Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Phylogeny and the Classification of Organisms chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach classifications and various species' evolutionary histories in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Phylogeny and the Classification of Organisms chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Taxonomy Carolus Linnaeus, binomial nomenclature, morphology, taxonomy, kingdoms
Tuesday Cladograms and phylogenetic trees Phylogenetic trees, cladograms, clade, homoplasies
Wednesday The evolution of prokaryotes and protists Unicellular, different shapes, autotrophic, archaebacteria, eubacteria, symbiotic relationships; eukaryotic, heterotrophs, main protist groups
Thursday Evolution of plants and fungi Nonvascular plants, vascular tissues, fungus, photosynthesis
Friday The evolution of animals and humans Multicellular, movement, three main layers, invertebrates, vertebrates; primates, hominoids, bipedal, quadrupeds

7 Lessons in Chapter 21: Phylogeny and the Classification of Organisms: Biology 101 Lesson Plans
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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.

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.

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