Writephoto Challenge – Skulls

KL Caley is the host for the Thursday Writephoto Challenge.
This is her photo for this week. It is her own photo.

Welcome to my science class. I will be your biology teacher this year. You may or may not have heard the outrageous stories about my class. I want to let you know, most, of what you hear is untrue. We will begin the year with classification. You will need to understand classification systems you already use in your life. We will then move on to learn about Carl Linnaeus. He published a system for classifying living things. His system allows us to group organizations according to common characteristics.

A pneumonic I teach to help you remember his system is:
Kings – Kingdom
Play – Phylum
Chess – Class
On – Order
Funny – Family
Green – Genus
Squares – Species

This will help you to understand how things are classified from the broad spectrum of the five kingdoms to the specific details of a species. You will learn how to examine organisms to categorize them appropriately. We will then complete lab work where we will investigate skulls and bones to identify what they have in common and what makes them uniquely different.

Oh, and by the way. I offer lots of extra credit if you contribute bones to my labs. But that is strictly off the record.


22 thoughts on “Writephoto Challenge – Skulls

  1. Ha-ha!! Great take on the prompt. And thanks for the mnemonic – I can never remember the order of Linnaean classifications, although I do well with the geology eras since I learnt that Pregnant Camels Often Sit Down Carefully, Perhaps Their Joints Creak. (Pre-Cambrian, Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous.)

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  2. Ooh, I wish I had a teacher like that at school, I would definitely have taken that class! I did have one teacher that threw chalk at students when they didn’t pay attention and another who used to talk in various accents and encourage kids to do so too (ever read Seamus Heaney as a pirate – highly recommended). We need more eccentric teachers in schools – haha. Although one that collects bones may be a step too far! Brilliant story. Thank you so much for joining in the #writephoto prompt. KL ❤

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    1. All but the bone collecting were true. I also used to talk in accents in class to get the kid’s attention. I was also able to speed talk and I would give an example during Back to School Night with parents. I liked making my class fun.


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