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Pest World For Kids

Grades 4-8: Pest Taxonomy

During the first session of this two-session lesson, students use the different species represented in the PestWorldforKids.org’s “Pest Guide” section to learn how living things are grouped together according to the characteristics they share. Students then work in small groups to construct a taxonomy chart for the species represented in the “Pest Guide” and discover how classical taxonomy helps the scientific community organize the natural world.

Correlations with National Standards

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Life Science Content Standard C: As a result of activities in grades K – 4, all students should develop understanding of: The characteristics of organisms

Life Science Content Standard C: As a result of activities in grades 5 – 8, all students should develop understanding of: Structure and function in living systems.

  • Students use the “Pest Guide” section of the PestWorldforKids.org web site to identify a pest’s basic needs, its anatomy and impact on the home environment.
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