Science/Strand III/Content Standard 2/High School/Benchmark 1
Benchmark Question: How are organisms classified to the
Focus Question: What specific characteristics are
used to divide organisms into the major kingdoms?
Using preserved and live
organisms and a list of characteristics associated with the major kingdoms,
small groups of students will sort the organisms into their appropriate
kingdom groups. As a group, students will write a summary of the problems
encountered with placing organisms into groups based solely on visible,
physical characteristics. As a group, students will generate a list of
ideas on other possible ways to classify organisms.
Extension: Students could make taxonomic keys
for their specimens.