Reflection: Performance Tasks Classification, part 3- What is that? - Section 4: Independent Practice


This task is a higher order thinking assignment that will challenge students and allow them to practice using critical thinking skills.  When assessing the finished projects, be sure to examine the reasoning that led students to make the associations and create the names for the alien organisms.  I like this assignment because it allows students to use the four language domains of writing, reading, listening and discussing.  It also fosters the use of cooperative work and effort.  I also like this assignment because students are free to develop the associations in a systematic way. When evaluating the work products, I focus more on the thinking that students used to create the organization, than on whether the organisms fit into groups how I would classify them.  When the projects are complete, I display the poster boards and allow students to examine how differently they approached the assignment.  The various approaches to classification that the different groups take underscore the value of the current naming system that is universally accepted for classification of organisms.

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Classification, part 3- What is that?

Unit 3: Unit 4-Organisms and Evolution
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: Students will model the current naming system to better demonstrate understanding of the process of binomial nomenclature. Students will also create a dichotomous key to demonstrate their understanding of how organisms are classified.

Big Idea: Binomial Nomenclature and dichotomous keys are useful processes for naming new organisms.

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Science, clasification, Taxonomy, binomial nomenclature, dichtomous keys, Performance Task
  60 minutes
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