Let’s learn about how organisms are named and classified based on common characteristics. Before you get started, don’t forget to print out your OnTRACK Biology Journal.
TEKS Standards and Student Expectations
B(8) The student knows that taxonomy is a branching classification based on the shared characteristics of organisms and can change as new discoveries are made. The student is expected to:
B(8)(A) define taxonomy and recognize the importance of a standardized taxonomic system to the scientific community
Describe what taxonomy is and why it is important.
Describe binomial nomenclature and use scientific names of species correctly.
Explain how the methods used to classify organisms have changed over time.
Relate phylogeny to the "tree of life."
What is taxonomy?
Why is taxonomy important?
What are the benefits of using a scientific name rather than a common name when discussing an organism?
How has systematics changed over time?
How is phylogeny related to the “tree of life"?
- Common Names
- Scientific Names
- Binomial Nomenclature