6-8 Taxonomy

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 participate in our Taxonomy virtual School Program, we recommend completing the following activities before your program. Those activities include: What is Taxonomy?, Animal Taxonomy and Classification Keys. The most important activity being Animal Taxonomy.

The Aquarium’s School Programs are virtual this school year (2020-2021). We have added at-home and virtual learning modifications to our recommended activities. Be sure to see how you can engage your students at-home and virtually with our activities!

Recommended Pre-visit Activity
♥ At-home and Virtual Options

Students will practice grouping or classifying everyday objects.

Recommended Pre-visit Activity
♥ At-home and Virtual Options

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

Recommended Pre-visit Activity
♥ At-home and Virtual Options

Students will practice using a classification/dichotomous key to identify shoes. Students will then use a variety of mollusc 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.