Taxonomy: Skills for organising a complex world

Facilitated

Dates

Weekdays during school term | 10am and 12.30pm

Primary/Secondary
Secondary
Curriculum
Science
Science inquiry skills
Science understanding
Year Level
Year 7
Duration
90 Minutes
Cost

$240 per group (up to 32 students)

Ever come across a Maratus dysodes lasios or perhaps a Littoria hybos hirsutus? Chances are your students might during this program!

Using practical, hands-on activities, students apply the techniques and scientific language of the taxonomist as they delve into the world of taxonomy to further their understanding of the classification of organisms and how they are named using the Linnaeum system of binomial nomenclature.

Student experience

Students will

  • Solve classification challenges
  • Explore the scientific conventions of naming species 
  • Investigate the importance of DNA analysis in identifying species  
  • Use Binomial Nomenclature to create and name a new species

Skills development

This program links to the following strands of the Western Australian Curriculum:

Year 7

Science

  • Biological sciences: Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms (ACSSU111)
  • Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples’ understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available (ACSHE119)
  • Nature and development of science: Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures (ACSHE223)
  • Evaluating: Use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to evaluate claims based on evidence (ACSIS132)