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Taxonomy Lab

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Grade Level: Grade 9
Discipline: Biology, Classification and Naming Organisms, Genus, Species
Standards: NGSS: HS-LS1-2, HS-LS4-1, SL.11-12.5, WHST.9-12.7, WHST.9-12.9


The three domains are Eubacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya. The domain classifications are based on the type of cells that make up the organism. Prokaryotic cells are those that have no nucleus or membrane-bound organelles. Eukaryotic cells, on the other hand, do have a nucleus and membrane-bound organelles.

This lab is designed to help you become familiar with scientific names and the classification scheme biologists use to understand organisms. This branch of biology that deals with classifying and naming organisms is called taxonomy.

Learn more by downloading the activity plan above. 


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