Classification Vocabulary

Updated: 8/5/2017
Classification Vocabulary
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Classification Lesson Plans

Classification and Taxonomic Rank

Lesson Plans by Oliver Smith

Scientists have discovered over a million different species of living things on Earth, but they estimate there could be as many as nine million in total. That means there are millions of species still to be discovered. All over the world, even in the most difficult and extreme environments, we find life. The life on Earth is hugely varied, from the mold growing on your food, to human beings, to mushrooms in the woods. Scientists have devised a way of classifying these organisms, not only to organize them, but also to highlight similarities and differences.


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Organism Classification Vocabulary

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  • A system of naming living things using two names that comes from the genus and the species
  • Genus Species
  • Ursa Maritimus
  • An organism that consists of many cells, e.g. oyster mushrooms
  • An organism that consists of a single cell, e.g. E. Coli
  • Classification Vocabulary
  • An organism that can make its own food, e.g. green plants
  • An organism that can't manufacture its own food and needs to take nutrients in from outside sources, e.g. a cat