Classify This! Marine Invertebrate Zoology Lab
Grade Levels: 5-12
Dolphins, sharks, game fishes and whales often come to mind when thinking about ocean life, but there are so many interesting and important invertebrates that play a vital role in the ocean food web. Using real invertebrates, such as echinoderms and mollusks, students will learn key features that distinguish each phylum and will use a dichotomous key to learn how scientists classify invertebrates. Students will be challenged at the end of the lab to classify a “mystery” marine invertebrate.