More than half of students from low‑income households
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Animal Kingdom Survey Kit
My students need an animal kingdom survey specimen set in order to help them understand our system of animal classification and practice using dichotomous keys.
Unbelievably, my biology students have a hard time naming the kingdoms and phylum of animals. When I learned that they did not know that a sponge was an animal, I realized that I needed to develop a unit on classification before I could teach evolution.
We are a Title 1 school in Salinas California that is very much an agricultural community.
We have a diverse socioeconomic population
and a high number of emerging English speakers. We also serve a very affluent community and somehow we strive to meet the needs of all.
We will use the preserved specimens to identify animal kingdoms and phylum using a dichotomous key. It is important for our students to experience diversity in order to want to preserve it. Despite the fact that we live on the West Coast, I am appalled at their lack of experience with marine classification.
A quick survey of preserved specimens will allow us to practice classification while being frugal with our class time.
The students will use a dichotomous key to classify the animals into their kingdom and phylum. If they are arthropods, they can then put them into their class.
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