A great introduction to using a dichotomous key for species identification. The kit includes eight distinct sea turtle models. Each beautifully detailed turtle is 2" in length, and has the correct number of scutes on the carapace and plastron. A wonderful hands-on classroom activity, the kit comes complete with all the paperwork needed for background information, vocabulary, and identification.
This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, as shown in the table below.
Suggested Science Idea(s)
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| 3-LS4-2 |
Students can use the different turtles in the Sea Turtle Dichotomous Key Kit as evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. 4-LS1-1
Students can use the Sea Turtle Dichotomous Key Kit to construct an argument that animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
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Students can use the different turtles in the Sea Turtle Dichotomous Key Kit to apply ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships. MS-LS4-4
Students can use Sea Turtle Dichotomous Key Kit in an investigation to construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals' probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
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Students can use the different turtles in the Sea Turtle Dichotomous Key Kit to model the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions with multicellular organism. HS-LS4-1
Students can use the different turtles in the Sea Turtle Dichotomous Key Kit to identify anatomical structures showing common ancestry and biological evolution.
Eight distinct, anatomically accurate sea turtle models support engaging hands-on classroom activity. Students use a dichotomous key and the model turtles for species identification. The kit is embedded with background information, vocabulary, and identification guidelines for instruction.
Break students into eight groups. Set up eight lab stations. Have teams rotate to each station to utilize the dichotomous key to identify the turtle.
Extension: gather eight different small plastic toys (such as dinosaurs, toy soldiers, farm animals, etc). Have each team develop an original dichotomous key to identify their set of plastic toys.
Have students research the various turtles to see whether the connections between the turtles' specific traits are supported or not supported in its native environment.
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