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Science Sampler: Using the Pokemon alphabet to teach classification and phylogeny

by: Rolfe Freidenberg Jr.

Did you ever think you'd see the day when Pokemon would make an appearance in the classroom, and actually be allowed to stay? The activity described here teaches classification, phylogeny, and dichotomy using a set of pseudozoids (false animals), the Unown or Alphabet Pokemon. When students use familiar objects in creating dichotomous keys, they are able to learn from their prior knowledge. Extend an invitation to Pokemon into your classroom today, and teach these tough biological concepts effectively.

Level

Middle School

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 1/1/2006Stock # ss06_029_04_36Volume 029Issue 04

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