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Classifying Organisms. 6th Grade WebQuest. Introduction Task Process Resources. Introduction. Suppose you have only 10 minutes to run into a supermarket to get what you needed to make one of your very favorite meals. Could you do it? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Classifying Organisms

IntroductionSuppose you have only 10 minutes to run into a supermarket to get what you needed to make one of your very favorite meals. Could you do it?

In most supermarkets this would be an easy task. Why?

How would this task change if the items you were looking for were randomly placed around the store?

TaskWorking with a partner, you will:1. learn how organisms are classifiedunderstand how organisms are given a scientific nameresearch the distinguishing characteristics of the six kingdomsAs you explore keep the following questions in mind:

ProcessCarefully follow the directions for each section.Answer all questions on the web quest guide and kingdom chart provided. Recognize Examples of Major Animal PhylaUse the following websites to unscramble major animal phyla and answer the questions that follow. Write the words and answers on a separate sheet of paper.

a r d c i n s n i a __________________http://www.middleschoolscience.com/cniderians.htm1. List 3 examples of this phyla.l o l u k s s m ____________________http://www.virted.org/Animals/Mollusks.html2. Name the 3 groupings of this phyla.n e a d i l s n _______________________http://www.virted.org/Animals/Earthworms.html3. How many species of this phyla are there?Task, continuedWhy do scientists classify?What are the major levels of classification?What is binomial nomenclature?What are the six different kingdoms that are generally recognized by scientists today?What are the characteristics and some examples of organisms from the six kingdoms?

Why Do Scientists Classify?Classification grouping/organizing things based on their similarities. Biologists use classification so that organisms are easier to study. Classification also shows relationships between organisms.The scientific study of how living things are classified is called taxonomy.

On your web quest guide, define classification and explain why biologists classify.Classify Organisms Based on Physical FeaturesHow might you classify a sunflower, a robin, a lizard, a blue jay, a butterfly and a maple tree? Complete the table on your web guide. PlantsAnimalsWhat characteristics may have been used to group these beetles?Write answers on your paper.

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Classify Organisms Based on Physical FeaturesLevels of ClassificationOrganisms are grouped by their shared characteristics.

Based on this diagram, which level of classification is the most specific? Answer on your guide.Understanding Classification#18Conant St.DeerfieldMassachusettsWestwoodImagine a room filled with everybody from the state of Massachusetts. There may be some people from Westwood.There may be some people from your neighborhood.There may be some people that live on your street.You will be the only one that lives in your house.

The most generalgroup you belong to is the state. The most specific group you belong to isthe house. The more levels you share with others, the more you have in common.Levels of ClassificationOn your paper, write the levels of classification in order. Can you come up with a mnemonic device to help you remember the order? Here is mine:Dangerous Kings Play Chess On Fat Guys StomachsClick on the following link to learn more about the levels of classification. Press play and then you will have to login and enter the following information: Username: westwoodps_6 Password: brainpopClick on play the movie. Return to this web quest when you are done. http://www.brainpop.com/science/diversityoflife/classification/

Binomial NomenclatureCarl Linnaeus was a naturalist who devised a system of naming organisms. Linnaeus placed organisms in groups based on their observable features. Each organism has a unique, two-part scientific name.

Carl Linnaeus 1707-1778

Scientific Name vs. Common Nametwo-part name to each species - binomial nomenclature (e.g. Canis lupus, gray wolf)The first name, the genus, covers a group of related speciesThe second name refers to a species within a genus Written in Latin, since it never changesCommon names can change from country to country

Scientific NamesHow many things do you notice about the way the scientific name below is written? Record your answers on your guide. Bufo americanus

Human Classification

Using this diagram, what is the scientific name for human beings?Homo sapiensWhich means wise man.KingdomsGrouping organisms into kingdoms is based on several factors:Presence or absence of a nucleusWhat are the two vocabulary terms that apply here? Answer on your guide.Made of one cell or made of many cellsWhat are the two vocabulary terms that apply here? Answer on your guide.How organisms get their food.What are the two vocabulary terms that apply here? Answer on your guide.KingdomsSix different kingdoms of organisms are generally recognized by scientists todayEubacteriaArchaeaProtistsFungiPlantsAnimals

Kingdoms, continuedGo to the following websites to find out the main characteristics of these kingdoms. Fill in the appropriate information on your Kingdoms chart. Feel free to use the textbooks provided or follow the additional links within the page as well.http://www.ric.edu/faculty/ptiskus/six_kingdoms/index.htmhttp://cbrannon.wiki.hoover.k12.al.us/file/view/Six+Kingdom+Classification+power+point1a!.pdf

Kingdoms, continuedNow that you have found some good information, follow the link below to hear a brief summary of the 6 Kingdoms

http://www.brainpop.com/science/diversityoflife/sixkingdoms/

Take the quiz too!STOP

Please look over the web quest guide and the kingdoms chart. Did you fully complete them to the best of your ability? If your answer is NO, then please move back through the web quest to answer all the questions. If your answer is YES, you may continue and explore some of the characteristics of animal and plant phyla.Animal Phyla, cont.Use the following websites to unscramble major animal phyla and answer the questions that follow. Write the words and answers on paper.d o a r h r t o p s _________________http://www.virted.org/Animals/Insect.html4. This phyla is the first animal group to have _______ legs.m r d e h c i o n e s ____________________http://www.virted.org/Animals/Starfish.html5. This phyla generally have ____ arms and dwell at the bottom of oceans levels.e t a c o h r d s ____________________http://www.virted.org/Animals/Chordate.html6. Animal groups in this phyla include _____, _____, _____, ______and _____.Recognize Examples of Major Plant PhylaUse the following websites to unscramble major plant phyla and answer the questions that follow. Write the words and answers on paper.s m o s e s _____________http://www.virted.org/Plants/Mosses.html1. This plant phyla are found in _____ areas and do not grow vertically too high but can spread out to be a yard long.o f r e s c n i ______________http://www.backyardnature.net/conifers.htm2. This plant phyla bears ______, instead of real fruits.n r s f e _______________http://www.virted.org/Plants/Ferns.html3. This plant phyla can mostly be found in ________ _______ _________.w o f l r n i g e a l p s n t _________ ________http://www.virted.org/Plants/Flower.html4. The four basic parts of this plant phyla are ______, _______, _______, and _______.