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Classification of Living Things

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Classification of Living Things

A routine castle tour turns enchanting when King Philip shows up to teach a lesson on classification. Using examples from his castle, microscopic footage, and animation, King Philip helps us see and make sense of difficult concepts. Mnemonics help students memorize the levels of classification from Domain to Species! The differences between the three Domains are explained memorably and graphically. From simple examples to an exploration of each of the four kindgoms in the Eukarya Domain, this tour provides a concrete foundation for a complex subject.

A routine castle tour turns enchanting when King Philip shows up to teach a lesson on classification. Using examples from his castle, microscopic footage, and animation, King Philip helps us see and make sense of difficult concepts.
Mnemonics help students memorize the levels of classification from Domain to Species! The differences between the three Domains are explained memorably and graphically. From simple examples to an exploration of each of the four kingdoms in the Eukarya Domain, this tour provides a concrete foundation for a complex subject.

  1. Students will understand that scientists use classifications to group living things.
  2. Students will learn and understand that the classification system divides living things into groups by their similarities and differences.
  3. Students will identify and understand that the classification system starts with the largest group of organisms and with each further step moves to smaller and smaller groups until the smallest group.
  4. Students will learn and understand the purpose of classifying living things is to make it easier for scientists to find and share information.

  1. The teacher can group the students and provide each group with an envelope of various pictures of living things. In the envelope, there should also be labels for each of the five kingdoms. The students should work cooperatively to sort the various pictures into the appropriate kingdoms. The backs of the pictures can allow for self-checking or another verification method can be used. The students can use the materials to study and practice the kingdoms and learning which animals go with which kingdom.
  2. Teacher can provide pairs of students with pictures of common animals and their scientific names. These should be limited to obvious scientific names (i.e. American alligator - Alligator mississippiensis). The students can match the picture of the animal to its appropriate scientific name.