The Key to It All

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Which characteristics make organisms unique? Dichotomous keys simplify the process of classifying organisms by focusing on these unique characteristics. Young scholars learn how to use the dichotomous key flow chart by creating their own organisms and keys.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Differentiate by varying the number of characteristics pupils can change on their organisms
  • Have learners research dichotomous keys scientists use for classifying plants
Classroom Considerations
  • Allow time to collect and organize materials prior to the activity
  • Adaptable to different grade levels
  • Makes use of easily obtainable materials
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