Classification Station

Author: 
Elisabeth V. Culley (ASU Graduate Student) & Ms. Shannon Harshman (Deer Valley Unified School District)
Grade Level: 
8th Grade
Standards
National Science Education Standards: 
Science as Inquiry, Life Science
Arizona State Science Education Standards: 
Strand 1: Inquiry Process Concept 1: Observations, questions, and hypotheses Objectives: Develop questions based on observations that lead to hypothesis formation Concept 3: Analysis and conclusions Objectives: analyze data that show a variety of possible relationships to identify trends; form a logical argument about relationships between variables; explain how evidence supports the validity and reliability of conclusions; plan new investigations based on known data Strand 4: Life Sciences Concept 4: Diversity, adaptation, and behavior Objectives: determine characteristics of organisms that could change through time; describe traits that allow organisms to survive and reproduce
overview: 
Classification Station was developed as part of the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 Down to Earth Science Program at Arizona State University. The lesson strives to increase science literacy in the 8th grade by using actual research problems to teach age-appropriate concepts and inquiry methods. Classification Station presents students with a collection of living organisms which they must organize as the basis of a classification system that identifies relationships among known species and that helps categorize newly discovered ones. Students develop and apply their pre-existing knowledge about variation, adaptation, and evolution while learning new analytical procedures. Classification Station is a “performance of understanding” for Strands One and Four of the Arizona Science and Technology Standard and underscores the relevance of scholastic content in contemporary scientific research.
keywords: 
inquiry, life science, variation, adaptation, evolution, classification, taxonomy
AttachmentSize
Classification Station_Lesson Plan.pdf161.85 KB
Classification Cards_01.doc1.65 MB
Classification Cards_02.doc647.5 KB
Culley_Worksheet.pdf118.4 KB