Classification and Keys

Teach students how to classify Galapagos animals and plants into groups of similar organisms, using keys. This section explains how taxonomic keys can be used to classify living organisms.

Learning objectives

  • To know that the organisms can be classified according to their physical characteristics.
  • To understand how the keys can be used by scientists to identify species.  
  • To appreciate that taxonomic classification is an important tool for scientists.

 Students’ outcomes

  • To give examples, illustrating how organisms can be differentiated and grouped.
  • To explain how keys can be used to classify organisms. Students should discuss the different levels of the taxonomic chain.
  • To discuss the importance of taxonomic classification, with reference to scientific work.

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