Concept Map – Organisms of the Animal Kingdom

polar bear

1.  Central Theme:  Choose either  PROTOSTOMES  or  DEUTEROSTOMES

2.  Map should include

a)  characteristics
b)  each phyla
c)  single phylum should include 1-5 classes
d)  each class should include 1-15 orders
e) each order should include 1-5 families
f)  each family should have at least 2 genus/species examples  (scientific names)
g)  digital submission allows for the creative use of pictures!

3.  This is an INDIVIDUAL PROJECT.  No two maps should be alike.

How to Make the Concept Map:

Using a computer with an internet connection, use a concept mapping program to create your map:   - this is a free application, but it does require registration for saving documents   - also free, but requires program to be downloaded onto your computer - free web-based program that allows for sharing and collaboration by creating teams

*there are other programs out there, feel free to use any that you prefer.  Even word has mapping built in.

Submission:  Either print out your map and turn it in or email a link or file to your teacher:

Grading Rubric

  Not Evident (0)

Needs Work
- 2 pts

Good or Shows Some Effort
-3 pts

Great, but could be improved at spots - 4 pts

- 5 pts

1. Characteristics - major groups are identified with features listed. Clear group criteria is evident either as links or separate concepts.          
2. Phyla: All main phyla are represented (numbers can vary)          
3. Classes: At least one phylum is expanded upon to include 1-5 classes. Alternatively, more than one phyla can be expanded with at least 1-2 classes represented. Total number of classes should be at least 5.          
4. Orders: At least 1 order has multiple families represented. Alternatively, multiple orders may have multiple families. Concept map should be fairly expansive in this area.          
5. Families: At least 2 families are evident for orders represented. Alternative, one order could be expanded upon to include multiple families.          
6. Each family represented shows at least 1 species (genus/species shown as scientific name). Alternatively, one family may show multiple species within that group.          
7. Pictures are used effectively to represent groups or individuals (at least 2 pictures)          
8. Overall layout: Easy to follow, common names or pictures are used to illustrate otherwise difficult latin names for groups. Map has an orderly feel to it.          
TOTAL (out of 40)          

Other Resources on the Animal Kingdom

Interpreting Graphics – uses a map to show groups of animals and how they are related; such as canines, felines, and foxes.

Exploring Phylogenetic Trees with Wolves – compare dogs, wolves, and coyotes and analyze a phylogenetic tree of canids

Practice with Taxonomy and Classification:   reinforcement activity, focuses on kingdoms and scientific names

Bear Species and DNA – activity from Learn.Genetics explores relationships between different types of bears