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The natural world comes alive in a 10 part
8,000 slide interactive PowerPoint.  The
unit begins describing the science of
Taxonomy and Classification and then
explores the Kingdoms of Life in amazing
detail.  Fantastic visuals, meaningful
activities, projects, critical class notes,
review opportunities, videos, challenge
questions, rubrics, review games, and
much more are spread throughout.  A
bundled homework package and detailed
unit notes chronologically follows the
PowerPoint slideshow. This unit is a must
for any Life Science class.  Duration = 8

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Areas of Focus within The Taxonomy and Classification Unit:
Taxonomy, Classification, Need for Taxonomy vs. Common Names, What is a Species?, Dichotomous
Keys, What does Classification Use?, The Domains of Life, Kingdoms of Life,The 8 Taxonomic Ranks,
Humans Taxonomic Classification, Kingdom Monera, Prokaryotic Cells, Types of Eubacteria, Bacteria
Classification, Gram Staining,Bacterial Food Borne Illnesses, Penicillin and Antiseptic, Oral Hygiene
and Plaque, Bacterial Reproduction (Binary Fission), Asexual Reproduction, Positives and Negatives
of Bacteria, Protista, Plant-like Protists, Algae, Animal-like Protists, Fungi-like Protists, Animalia,
Characteristics of Animalia, Animal Symmetry, Phylums of Animalia (Extensive), Classes of Chordata,
Mammals, Subclasses of Mammals, Characteristics of Mammals, Classes of Fish, Fashion a Fish
Project, Animal Poster Project, Fungi, Positives and Negatives of Fungi, Divisions of Fungi
(Extensive), Parts of a Mushroom, 3 Roles of Fungi, Fungi Reproduction, Mold Prevention, Plant
Divisions, Photosynthesis, Plant Photo Tour, Non Vascular Plants, Bryophytes, Seedless  Vascular
Plants, Cone Bearing Plants, Flowering Plants, Monocotyledons, Dicotyledons and much more.  
Difficulty Level 8/10
The Classification and Taxonomy Unit covers topics associated with Taxonomy and Classification, and
voyages through the Kingdoms of Life.  This unit includes an interactive and engaging PowerPoint
presentation of 8,000+ slides with built-in class notes (Red Slides), lab activities, project ideas,
discussion questions, assessments (Quiz Wiz), and challenge questions with answers.  Text is in large
print (32 font) and is placed at the top of each slide so it can be read from all angles of a classroom.  
Also included is a 32 page (.doc) bundled homework package that chronologically follows the
PowerPoint slideshow,  as well as a 13 page modified assessment.  31 pages of class notes with
images are also included for students who require modifications, as well as answer keys to both
assessments for support professionals, teachers, and homeschool parents.  29+ video links  are
provided and a slide within the slideshow cues teacher / parent when the videos are most relevant to
play. Video shorts usually range from 2-7 minutes.  Five PowerPoint review games are included (150+
slides each), and the 1-50 slide PowerPoint End of the unit challenge to classify any organism on the
planet.  Answers to the PowerPoint review games and Quiz are provided in PowerPoint form so
students can self-assess. Lastly, several class games such as guess the hidden picture beneath the
boxes, crossword puzzles, and the find the hidden owl somewhere within the slideshow are provided.   
Difficulty rating of 8 (Ten is most difficult).  Teaching Duration = 6 weeks
Traditional standards addressed in the
Taxonomy and Classification Unit
Below are just a few of the typical
standards that this unit addresses for
those that are interested.  This unit does
cover many topics / standards that are not
addressed below.

●Keep a journal record of observations,
recognizing patterns, summarizing
findings, and reflecting on the observations.

●Identify ways in which living things can
be grouped and organized, such as
taxonomic groups of plants, animals and
●Categorize organisms into kingdoms according to their shared characteristics.

●Recognize that all living things are composed of cells, and explain that while many organisms are
single celled, such as yeast, others, including humans, are multi-cellular.

●Explain that the way in which cells function is similar in all organisms.

●Recognize that reproduction is a characteristic of all living things and is essential to the continuation of
a species.

●Explain that most microorganisms do not cause disease and that many are beneficial to the

●Recognize that similarities among organisms are found in anatomical features and patterns of
development; and explain how these can be used to infer the degree of relatedness among organisms.

●Differentiate between asexual and sexual reproduction, and explain that in some kinds of organisms,
all the genes come from one parent, while in organisms requiring two sexes to reproduce, typically half
the genes come from each parent.

●Explain that a species of sexually reproducing organisms is comprised of all the organisms that can
mate to produce fertile offspring.

●Explain that in sexual reproduction, a single specialized cell from a female merges with a specialized
cell from a male in a process called fertilization.

●Explain that most microorganisms do not cause disease and that many are beneficial to the

●Use a model, classification system, or dichotomous key to illustrate, compare, or interpret possible
relationships among groups of organisms (e.g., internal and external structures, anatomical features).

●Differentiate between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells at the biochemical level, using cell wall
composition, DNA structure, and other biochemical pathways.

●Identify plants and animals according to binomial nomenclature.

●Explain that organisms that possess similar DNA code are more closely related than those in which
DNA varies greatly.

●Use a variety of tools and formats (oral presentations, journals, and multimedia presentations) to
summarize and communicate the results of observations.

●Organize observations and data into tables, charts and graphs.

●Explain how symmetry (or the lack of it) may determine properties of many objects, from molecules
and crystals to organisms and designed structures.
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