Taxonomic Twisters

Last updated on Mon, 2010-10-25 13:47. Originally submitted by rodolfo on 2010-06-19 01:01.

Written By: Mary K. Bechold
Freehold Boro High School, Freehold, NJ


National Science Standards:

NJ State Science Standards: 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.6, 5.7

Science Process Skills:
Communicating, presenting, observing, comparing, organizing, inferring, constructing, debating

Key Concept: Student Learning Objective

Taxonomy is the organization of living things into groups based on similar characteristics. The taxonomy system we use today has imperfections, however with more research scientists hope to gain more understanding on how best to separate living things into proper groupings.

Teaching Taxonomic Twisters:

Planning Ahead –
Web Resources
Print Student Worksheets

Into: Introduce the activity

Through: Main Lesson

Beyond: Extensions

Web Resources

General taxonomy of most organisms:


(To be discussed through out the entire lesson)
Classifying, traits, Carolus Linnaeus, sexual reproduction, asexual reproduction, external fertilization, compound eyes, simple eyes, warm-blooded, cold-blooded, endoskeleton, exoskeleton, gills, lungs


Into the Activity
-garbage bag with various clothes
-6 bags with miscellaneous items
(all bags should have same items)

Through the Activity
-10 small paper bags with names of phylums/classes written on paper inside
-Copies of 2 sided worksheet “Taxonomic Twisters” 1 per student
-Copies of the Rubric (before construction begins)
-Pictures or preserved specimens of all the marine phyla/classes
-Materials if students are to construct animals in classroom

Beyond the Activity
-Biology or Marine Science Textbooks

OBIS is a project of:
IODE Sponsored by:
Martin International and Les Grands Explorateurs
With in-kind support from:
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
Universidad Simón Bolívar Flanders Marine Institute

OBIS strives to document the ocean's diversity, distribution and abundance of life. Created by the Census of Marine Life, OBIS is now part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, under its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme.