Taxonomy: What's in a Name?
Environmental science, life science, language arts/writing
Students will learn about the history of taxonomy and classification, how scientific names are helpful to scientists, and what designates a species.
The students will be able to:
- Explain why Linnaeus is an important person in the area of taxonomy
- Explain why we use Latin for scientific names
- Explain why the Florida panther is considered endangered when the mountain lion is not, even though they are the same species.
Materials:Each student will need the following:
- Computer with internet access
- Pen or pencil
- Copy of the taxonomy database activity
- Copy of the fish classification sheet
- Copy of the taxonomy writing assignment
- Copy of the writing instruction sheet, editing form, and FCAT rubric
- Print out a copy of the taxonomy database activity, the fish classification sheet, and the taxonomy writing assignment. Photocopy enough for everyone in your class.
- Make sure the computers are ready for the students so there is no lost time. Put the Linking home page up on each computer: http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/lfnh.
- Make sure there are enough copies of the three components of the writing lesson. You can print out and photocopy new ones or reuse the old ones.
- Key to Database Activity.
When you print out a copy make sure your print setup orientation is Landscape.
- The students start at the "Linking" home page, click on "Curriculum Materials," click on "Taxonomy: What's In a Name,?" and click on "Taxonomy Overview."
- Ask them to read the taxonomy overview. (20-30 minutes)
- When they have finished reading, pass out the fish classification sheet and the taxonomy database activity. Ask the students to complete it.
- Pass out the taxonomy writing assignment and then ask the students to complete it.
- Have the students get out the writing instruction sheet, the editing form, and the FCAT rubric. Using these forms, they should edit a partner's paper and then trade back to revise their own.
Total Time estimates:
Two 50-minute class periods