Ranking, sorting, classifying

Target audience
Young visitors
The Museum comes to you spotlight, in his device, the scientific talk of the Museum of Bordeaux – Science and nature, the place of men in nature and nature as seen by humans in order to sensitize visitors to the respect of biodiversity.

Year 7

Classification by scientists tells the evolutionary history of living beings and their relationship to one another. Evolution has become one of the cornerstones of teaching life and earth sciences at middle and then secondary school.

The image of a tree has replaced the ladder of natural beings posited by Charles Bonnet. While Ernst Haeckel introduced the term ‘phylogeny’ back in 1866, it was not until the second half of the 20th century following publication of works on the phylogenetic systematic model by Willi Hennig that its concepts and methods were further developed.

This modular workshop can be adapted to the level of the group. It can start with a game consisting of grouping wooden objects based on a range of criteria. Pupils can then split into groups and study 7-8 specimens. This observation and description exercise, the aim of which is for pupils to determine a specimen's attributes, is an important first step for then drawing up a classification and assigning each specimen to a group.

The classification activity can be different from the determination process which uses a dichotomous key to identify an animal or its group.

Workshop aims:

  • Identify the different actions for putting things in order
  • Present the notion of attributes and identify the ones used to characterise animals
  • Realise that the diversity of attributes and selection criteria adopted influence the resulting classification
  • Realise that animals share common attributes, identify them and summarise them based on the specimens on display
  • Classify animals into nested groups
  • Understand the principle of phylogenetic classification

During the workshop, the facilitator will present a selection of 50 specimens from the Museum of Bordeaux collections including arthropods, molluscs, amphibians, mammals and birds. Participants will also be introduced to learning resources specially devised for the workshop.

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The device The Museum comes to you was created by the Museum of Bordeaux -Science and nature. Off-site workshops proposed by the museum of natural history of Bordeaux follow topics linked to sciences, nature and animals. The mediator move to your school or leisure centre for these animations.
Year 7