Example Lesson Plans
The Six Kingdoms of Life, Tetrapod Cladogram, and the Dinosaur Cladogram projects are exercises in critical thinking, detective work, and problem solving. This course of study includes the basic readings, the three projects, student log, notebook work, and extension activities. There are several options that are customizable depending on the age of the student, the ability levels, and the interest levels:
High school and adult suggestions:
5th to 8th grade suggestions:
Complete all A and B level assignments. The *C level cladogram and notebook extensions can be completed by advanced learners. Again, Notebook Extensions are encouraged, but not required.
elementary suggestions:
Kingdoms of Life, Tetrapod Cladogram, and Dinosaur Cladogram Tips
For each of the three projects, detective work is key:

Read the descriptions of each life form.

Look for clues about how each life form is classified.

Do an internet search for even more specifics (but be sure to look at multiple, reliable sources).

Consult SNH (pp. 3233) on the general life line and then get more information from the details of each lifeform
These three projects are just as much about the process as they are about the finished products. The Six Kingdoms of Life is a bit challenging, but much easier than the cladograms. Quality over quantityreduce the amount of lifeforms to research. Placement of life forms isn’t an exact science. If the student has gone to multiple sources and placed the life form in the generally correct location, it is sufficient. We can only place lifeforms based on available clues. With experience, it will get easier to sniff out the best locations.
Complete all A, B, and C level assignments. Notebook Extensions are encouraged.
Monday
Lesson 36:
Row A1, all readings for overview and Row B2 including Student Log p. 35
Tuesday
Lesson 36:
Row B3, read and complete student log p. 36
Wednesday
Lesson 36:
Row C4 in 3ring binder or spiral notebook in essay form.
Thursday
Lesson 37:
Row B1, B2, & B3 complete readings and student log p. 37
Friday
Lesson 37:
Row C4 in notebook or spiral.
Monday
Lesson 36:
Row A1, all readings for overview
Tuesday
Lesson 36:
Row B2 and Student Log p. 35
Wednesday
Lesson 36:
Row B3, read and complete student log p. 36
Thursday
Lesson 37:
Row B1 & B2, complete readings and student log p. 37
Friday
Lesson 37:
Row B3, do both readings and the Six Kingdoms of life assignment
Complete all A level assignments using the richly illustrated resource books either together with teacher or just with teacher guidance. This level is best for elementary school students or those who are looking for an overview of prehistoric times.
Monday
Lesson 36:
Row A1, first two readings with teacher
Tuesday
Lesson 36:
Row A1, last two readings alone
Wednesday
Lesson 36:
Row B2, complete student log p. 35
Thursday
Lesson 40:
Row A1, read out loud first two readings
Friday
Lesson 40:
Row A1, read on own last two readings