6-8 Taxonomy


The South Carolina Aquarium, in partnership with teachers, has created this online curriculum for teachers to use with their students in the classroom. Our Taxonomy unit is geared toward 6th grade teachers because the standards covered are heavily 6th grade science standards. All the activities contain background information, procedures, materials list, standards addressed, assessments, curriculum extensions and a resource list. We hope teachers will enjoy this resource!

If you are a teacher planning to bring your students to the Aquarium to participate in our Taxonomy classroom program, we recommend completing the following activities before your visit. Those activities include: What is Taxonomy?, Animal Taxonomy and Classification Keys.

Recommended Pre-visit Activity

Students will practice grouping or classifying everyday objects.

Recommended Pre-visit Activity

Students will learn about the Kingdom Animalia and group organisms based on their shared characteristics. 

Recommended Pre-visit Activity

Students will practice using a classification/dichotomous key to identify shoes. Students will then use a variety of mollusk shells (or their pictures) from the South Carolina coast to demonstrate the identification and classification of living things using a classification/dichotomous key.

Students will study the characteristics of fish and how they affect what habitat they live in and the food they eat. They will then play a game of “Go Fish” to build a fish that would live in a particular habitat.

Recommended Post-visit Activity

Students will research organisms to learn about taxonomy in their everyday lives.