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The Classification of Organisms unit.

We all know that things are different. We are different from ants, or dogs. Those comparisons are obvious, but how can we classify those species scientifically?

Through this unit, we will study how living things are classified. To do this, we must understand that we will study similarities (characterisitics that are the same) and we will study differences. By knowing what is the same throughout one species, we will see how the classification of living things work.

Each activity will be graded separately in this unit. You must include the activity number, title, and date in each submitted activity or it will not be graded.

Classification of Organisms: Unit Overview

These are the required elements to this unit.

S5L1. - Students will classify organisms into groups and relate how they determined the groups with how and why scientists use classification.
a. Demonstrate how animals are sorted into groups (vertebrate and invertebrate) and how vertebrates are sorted into groups (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal).
b. Demonstrate how plants are sorted into groups.
S5L2. - Students will recognize that offspring can resemble parents in inherited traits and learned behaviors.
a. Compare and contrast the characteristics of learned behaviors and of inherited traits.
b. Discuss what a gene is and the role genes play in the transfer of traits.

Mini-lessons will be covered in class each day by Mr. Brazile.You need to know the answers to these questions.

How do living things differ?
What characteristic is unique to vertebrates?
What characteristic is unique to invertebrates?
What characteristics are unique to mammals?
What characteristics are unique to reptiles?
What characteristics are unique to amphibians?
What characteristics are unique to birds?
What characteristics are unique to fish?
How do we classify plants?
What is the difference between inherited traits and learned behaviors?

Use these lessons to discover information for your unit.

Classification Vocabulary
Check out the following Classification terms video. Remember to hit "pause" if you need more time to read.

Vertebrates Aurasma

To see the Aurasma, search for "Brazileed" on Aurasma and follow the account. Refresh the Aurasmas.


Check out this Aurasma lesson to help with your work. Use the picture here as a trigger or click the picture link to print one you can use at home.
Vertebrates
If you are unable to use Aurasma, click here to watch the videos.

Invertebrates Aurasma
To see the Aurasma, search for "Brazileed" on Aurasma and follow the account. Refresh the Aurasmas.

Check out this Aurasma lesson to help with your work. Click the picture link to print one you can use at home.
Invertebrates
If you are unable to use Aurasma, click here to watch the videos.

Use these resources to discover information for your unit.

Science Text
Follow these steps for the Science text.
1. United States
2. Georgia
3. Cobb Co District, Marietta 30060
4. Kemp Elementary School, Powder Springs 30127
5. Username: kempstudent
6. Password: kempstudent
7. Use the text with the owl on the cover.
Kids Biology.com
Vocabulary Review
BrainPop Video: Classification
BrainPop Jr.: Classifying Animals
Brain Pop: Vertebrates
Brittanica: Vertebrates
Quizlet for Inherited Traits vs. Learned Behaviors
Fact Monster: 5 Kingdoms
Biology for Kids: Vertebrates
Education Portal: Vascular Plants
Education Portal: Classification of Vascular and Nonvascular Plants
Unit Checklist
The Classification of Organisms Unit: Activities
Due by: February 9, 2016
Unit Test: March 18, 2016

Unit Vocabulary

Check out our Science text (look under the "Resources" tab) for the easiest place to find our vocabulary terms.

Complete a vocabulary presentation. Include definitions in complete sentences with proper spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. (Use the format of your choice - paper/pencil, Prezi, Quizlet, DesignPad, etc.)

Include the Activity number and title on your presentation.

Terms:
Vertebrates
Invertebrates
Organisms
Trait
Behavior
Gene
Classification

Kingdom

Species

Mammal

Amphibian

Reptile

Bird

Fish

Bacteria

Fungi

Protist

Nonvascular Plant

Vascular Plant

Xylem

Phloem

Gymnosperm

Angiosperm

Presentations can be anything as long as it covers the required information.

Be creative!

If it's written, it must be in completed sentences with proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

Ideas are: Prezis, Quizlet, Aurasma, Videos, Glogster, etc. If it can't be sent digitally, you'll need to send a link that works.
Due by: February 12, 2016
Unit Test: March 18, 2016

Kingdoms Presentation

Use the Resources for this unit to help you learn the different kingdoms of classification..
Include the Activity number and title on your presentation.
Create a presentation that covers the following:
• Description of each kingdom.
• Explain how living things are divided into kingdoms, highlighting the features unique to each group.
• 2 examples of each kingdom.
• 2 pictures of each kingdom.
• Bibliography of all sources used.
Length of presentation is not important as long as you cover all the important information.
Presentations can be anything as long as it covers the required information.

Be creative!

If it's written, it must be in completed sentences with proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

Ideas are: Prezis, Quizlet, Aurasma, Videos, Glogster, etc. If it can't be sent digitally, you'll need to send a link that works.

Check out this video about scientific classification.

Here is Rice University's "Mini-Guide" to the 5 kingdoms.

Due by: February 25, 2016
Unit Test: March 18, 2016

Vertebrates/Invertebrates


Include the Activity number and title on your presentation.


Create a presentation that covers the following:
• Definition of vertebrates in your own words.
• Definition of invertebrates in your own words.
• 3 examples of invertebrates.
• 3 pictures of invertebrates.
• 3 examples of vertebrates.
• 3 pictures of vertebrates.

Presentations can be anything as long as it covers the required information.

Be creative!

If it's written, it must be in completed sentences with proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

Ideas are: Prezis, Quizlet, Aurasma, Videos, Glogster, etc. If it can't be sent digitally, you'll need to send a link that works.

Due by: March 1, 2016
Unit Test: March 18, 2016

Vertebrates


Include the Activity number and title on your presentation.

Create a presentation (in complete sentences) that covers the following:
Include the Activity number and title on your presentation.
• Definition of each of the 5 groups of vertebrates in your own words. (Be sure to include the characteristics unique to each group.)
• 2 examples of each of the groups.
• 2 pictures of each of the groups.

Presentations can be anything as long as it covers the required information.

Be creative!

If it's written, it must be in completed sentences with proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

Ideas are: Prezis, Quizlet, Aurasma, Videos, Glogster, etc. If it can't be sent digitally, you'll need to send a link that works.
Due by: March 4, 2016
Unit Test: March 18, 2016

Design Your Zoo


Use your knowledge of Kingdoms, Vertebrates, Invertebrates, and any subgroups of those to design a zoo.

Your zoo should be divided up based on the characteristics of Invertebrates and Vertebrates. Within those groups, you should have sections for each subgroup.

Your zoo should include:
  • Invertebrates section with a sign describing the characteristics.
  • Vertebrates section describing the characteristics.
  • Subgroups for the vertebrates section with signs describing the characteristics of each subgroup.
  • At least two examples of each group, with signs labeled correctly and identifying the characteristics which identifies it as a member of the group.

Turn in (together):
  • Overhead map of your zoo with each section clearly noted.
  • A neat copy of the sign for each section with the characteristics noted.
  • A neat copy of each animal's sign with the group and characteristics noted.
Due by: March 8, 2016
Unit Test: March 18, 2016

Classify the Creature


Create a presentation (in complete sentences) in which you create a new creature. It must be something new and you must classify it into one of the 5 groups of vertebrates.

Include the Activity number and title on your presentation.

Your presentation must include:
• a drawing in detail,
• an explanation of which group it belongs,
• an explanation of why it belongs in the designated group.
Presentations can be anything as long as it covers the required information.

Be creative!

If it's written, it must be in completed sentences with proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

Ideas are: Prezis, Quizlet, Aurasma, Videos, Glogster, etc. If it can't be sent digitally, you'll need to send a link that works.
Due by: March 10, 2016
Unit Test: March 18, 2016

Plants


Create a presentation (in complete sentences) that covers the following:
Include the Activity number and title on your presentation.
• Definition of each of the 2 main groups of plants (Angiosperms and Gymnosperms). (Be sure to include the characteristics unique to each group.)
• 2 examples of each of the groups.
• 2 pictures of each of the groups.

Presentations can be anything as long as it covers the required information.

Be creative!

If it's written, it must be in completed sentences with proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

Ideas are: Prezis, Quizlet, Aurasma, Videos, Glogster, etc. If it can't be sent digitally, you'll need to send a link that works.
Due by: March 15, 2016
Unit Test: March 18, 2016

Inherited Traits vs. Learned Behaviors


Create a presentation (in complete sentences) in which you demonstrate your understanding of the differences between inherited traits and learned behaviors.

Include the Activity number and title on your presentation.

Your presentation must include:
• a definition of "Inherited Traits,"
• a definition of "Learned Behavior,"
• at least 10 examples of Inherited Traits,
• at least 10 examples of Learned Behaviors.
Presentations can be anything as long as it covers the required information.

Be creative!

If it's written, it must be in completed sentences with proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

Ideas are: Prezis, Quizlet, Aurasma, Videos, Glogster, etc. If it can't be sent digitally, you'll need to send a link that works.
Due by: March 18, 2016
Unit Test: March 18, 2016

Punnett's Square


Include the Activity number and title on your presentation.

Create a Punnett's Square for a set of parents in which one has black fur (with a dominant chromosome (B) for Black fur and a recessive one (b) for Brown fur). The other parent has brown fur (which chromosome make-up does it have to have brown fur?).
Include:
The Punnett's square.
The percentage chance that the offspring will have black fur.
The percentage chance that the offspring will have brown fur.
Great Facts Interesting, strange, and funny.
Dropbox: Submit your work here.

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