Linnean – Taxonomy and Classification

Linnean Classification Defined:

Linnean classification is a system or key used to organise living things. For example, in Biology, plants and animals have traditionally been classified from the structure of their bodies.

The hierarchy of categories may have included:

  • kingdom
  • phylum
  • class
  • order
  • family
  • genus

Within primary lessons, inspiration may be taken from Linnean’s traditional classification system, by allowing children to create their own key or system of classifying living or non-living things. It would be interesting for teachers to see the different ways children may sort and group. From this more lessons can be developed from the children’s original ideas.

Children could be asked why they sorted or classified in the way that they have, allowing them to develop reasoning skills from their prior knowledge. They could be asked about the process they went through and what aspects they found difficult or challenging.

Examples of sorting practiced in seminar:

More in depth lesson ideas.


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