Taxomony and Diversity of Life Unit Plan

Chapter Lecture Notes Reading Guide Video Links
Chapter 26: Taxonomy and the Tree of Life Click here for the lecture notes for Chapter 26 Click here for the reading guide for Chapter 26! Click here for a video for Chapter 26
Chapter 27: Bacteria and Archaea Click here for lecture notes for Chapter 27: Bacteria and Archaea Click here for the reading guide for Chapter 27 Click here for video about bacteria and archaea
Chapter 28: Protists Click here for the lecture notes on Chapter 28 Click here for the reading guide on Chapter 28 Click here for a video on protists!
Chapter 31: Fungi Click here for the lecture notes on fungi Click here for the reading guide on fungi Click here for a video on fungi.

Labs and Field Trips

  • Taxonomy Lab
  • Yogurt Lab
    • Click for the yogurt_procedure we did in class. Original credit to Kim Foglia.
  • Parade of the Kingdoms and Who Am I? Review Sheet
    • We will be using a “Parade of the Kingdoms” review sheet, particularly in looking at animal phyla and diversity. Credit Kim Foglia.
    • We will be using Kim Foglia’s “Who Am I?” review sheet as a way to review the diversity of life.
  • Supplementary Reading
    • “Foraging” chapter from The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Videos Watched in Class

  • Video

Unit Objectives

  • History of Life on Earth
    • Describe the major events of the geologic timescale including the Pre-Cambrian era, Cambrian explosion, and major extinction events.
    • Describe Oparin’s hypothesis and the conditions necessary for the Miller-Urey experiments through a virtual lab.
    • Describe conditions necessary for abiogenesis and connect cell theory to experimental evidence through a lab.
  • Cladistics
    • List the attributes of the three major domains of life, as well as major kingdoms and phyla/divisions of each and, if given a description of an organism, place it in the appropriate taxon.
    • Construct a cladogram for a set of organisms based on morphological and genetic data.
  • Prokaryotes
    • Describe a generalized features of eubacteria and archaea
    • Distinguish between archaea, eubacteria, and cyanobacteria on the basis of respiration and nutrituion.
    • Identify common bacterial morphology and describe the differences between gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria through a modeling activity and a lab.
  • Protists
    • Identify common protists in pond-water samples and through microscopy.
    • Distinguish among plant-like, animal-like, and fungus-like protists.
    • Sequence the life cycle of Plasmodium.
  • Fungi
    • Describe the general characteristics of fungi through a mushroom dissection.
    • Describe animal-fungus and plant-fungus interactions.
    • Describe and sequence the fungal life cycle through a video and mushroom dissection.
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