Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Worksheets and Labs

Animal Kingdom - Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Unit with worksheets notebook pages and activitiesWe have been doing a big unit on Scientific Classification and Taxonomy again. I have added in some new material and this Animal Classification Unit is now over 100 pages!

Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Worksheets - Matching- Notebook PagesTaxonomy is the branch of science concerned with classification of organisms into Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus & Species.  With these activities, my kids have become pretty knowledgeable about many of these groups and they especially loved the labs!

Animal Classification CardsThis is the second time we’ve done this unit. The last time we did it, my youngest was 9 and she said she definitely needed to review this material again (she’s now 12). My 15 year old said she wanted to cover this material again… especially because we were going to be doing a number of labs once again.

<p>We have been doing a big unit on Scientific Classification and Taxonomy again. I have added in more than 50 pages of new materials as we've gone through this unit!</p> <p>This is the second time we've done this unit. The last time we did it, my youngest was 9 and she said she definitely needed to review this material again. My 15 year old said she wanted to cover this material again... especially because we were going to be doing a number of labs once again.</p> <p> </p>

Scientific Names Worksheets: All living things have a two-part scientific name. We talked quite a bit about the naming process, both how this was established by Linnaeus and then we did a few worksheets to learn about  the scientific names for some animals

Scientific Names WorksheetsI made some new sorting cards and added them into the the Scientific Classification and Taxonomy packet.  I also added in some informational notebook pages that we went over as we did a couple of the labs.

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Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Unit - Animal ClassificationWe purchased live critters from (see the picture above!).  This time we purchased Hydra, Daphnia and Planaria.  I created some notebook pages about the Cnidarians (Hydra is in this phylum).  And, I also made notebook pages on Platyhelminthes (the flatworms Planaria are in this phylum) as well as on Nematodes and Annelids.

Scientific Classification - Taxonomy Worksheets on Cnidarian Platyhelminthes Nematodes AnnelidsMy girls also wanted to spend some time on Arthropods, so I added in nearly 25 pages on that phylum.  We are hatching brine shrimp (ie. sea monkeys), but don’t have any pictures of those yet!

For this section I made some sorting cards on the 5 sub-phyla as well as some of the classes that belong under each of those. There are also worksheets and notebook pages. The girls are doing research on a couple of the sub-phyla and will present that information to each other.

Arthropods Worksheets - Notebook PagesI also created some interactive notebook/lapbook pieces that cover the Arthropods as well.

Arthropods - Lapbook - Interactive NotebookBiological Classification is a complicated field and with new DNA studies come out, changes are being made all the time.  I also added in some material on the insect class.

We laughed at how challenging the class names were to pronounce (we used to figure out how to pronounce Phthiraptera – lice!!  Our goal was not to memorize all these different classes, but to explore a little deeper how challenging it is to organize and classify all the different organisms in existence!

Insect Worksheets - Scientific Classification and Taxonomy

My kids loved this unit because there were a lot of lab activities we could do at home… from watching live organisms under the microscope to some basic dissection activities.

Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Lab Activities for HomeschoolersLet me paste in some other pictures of what is included in the Scientific Classification & Taxonomy Unit.

It has an introductory activity about classification. As we started off this unit, we started off by talking about why we classify things. We learned about the dichotomous key and did a number of activities to understand how they work. We talked about why classification is useful and how we can do that in a way that is organized and logical.

Scientific Classification- Dichotomous Key Activities


History of Scientific Classification: From there we went on to talk about Linnaeus and how much the classification system has changed just in the last thirty years.  I told the kids that the groupings we learned about is very likely to change by the time they study classification in college because things have changed so much!

We also looked at a taxonomy chart (for domestic cats) and talked about the way organisms are named (by genus and species).  The reference sheet (below right) explains the human taxonomy chart and groupings.

History Scientific Classification - Linnaeus Notebook PagesWe talked extensively about the current Classification System and the different levels:

  • Domain
  • Kingdom
  • Phylum
  • Class
  • Order
  • Family
  • Genus
  • Species

Then, we started diving into understanding the modern taxonomy chart.

You saw some of the new materials above, but here are some more pictures of what is included:

Taxonomy and Classification Activity - Domain Kingdom Phylum

Taxonomy-Worksheet-Phylum Matching PageActivities: To review all of the Animal Phyla we played quite a number of review games (they loved that!)

Taxonomy-Scientific Classification-Activities

Major Phyla of the Kindom Animalia - Tic Tac Toe Game

I also provided a separate pdf of a sample day. In that, I explained with pictures, some of the activities we did to review and learn new material. On that particular day we did about 9 different activities.

Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Activity - Sample DayWhat age is this unit for? My kids were 9, 12 and 14 when we did this unit the first time and my girls are 12 and 15 doing this unit the second time. I recommend this unit for middle school and early high school. If you want to cover basic scientific classification with your younger kids, I recommend the Animal Unit.  This includes vertebrate-invertebrate sorting cards, animal characteristics, feathers, fur, scales or skin, animal homes, and much more!

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