Lesson plan about taxonomy and shared characteristics
In Feathered Families, students learn about the concepts of taxonomy, shared taxonomic features, and the processes of natural selection and speciation. This lesson features the use of graphic organizers to show the similarities and differences between the taxonomic orders of birds. Students use this comparison to determine the specific features unique to birds. A follow up activity allows students to write to their lawmakers to encourage them support conservation efforts for the unique and endangered species covered in the lesson.