Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fun with Taxonomy - Hands on Science

In our study of  Apologia's Flying Creatures we not only thought of our own Classification System Mnemonic to help remember Taxonomy:  Klingons (Kingdom) Pop (Phylum) Corn (Class) On (Order) Friendly (Family) Gas (Genus) Stoves (Species), but gathered  the plethora of stuffed animals in the house and tried to fit them into Kingdom, Phylum, Class and in some cases Order.  

Armed with Apologia's Flying Creatures and older brother's Apologia Biology books plus the internet, my kids did a good job organizing and classifying.  They had fun AND it was a great way to help them visualize this aspect of science!

 Kingdom Animalia....where did all these animals come from and who paid for them ?
 Kingdom Animalia....where did all these animals come from and who paid for them ?


Phylum Chordata ..... still a pile load of creatures!
Phylum Chordata ..... still a pile load of creatures!
Phylum Arthropoda
Phylum Arthropoda


Class Crondichthyes
Class Crondichthyes

Class Crustacea - a tasty bunch!
Class Crustacea - a tasty bunch!

Class Aves
Class Aves

Class Mammalia - still more!
Class Mammalia - still more!



Order Perissodactyla - My daughter's favorite
Order Perissodactyla - My daughter's favorite

Order Carnivora (The bears were absent from this picture!)
Order Carnivora (The bears were absent from this picture!)

Order Rodentia
Order Rodentia

Order Arteodactyla
Order Arteodactyla

Order Hexanchiformes
Order Hexanchiformes

Order Primates
Order Primates

When we have more time to spend on this, I think we'll try to go further in our classification.

3 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Now I can justify not giving away 20 years worth of stuffed animals:)

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  2. Awesome idea! We will have to do this when we study this text!

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