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Writing Scientific Descriptions

The classification of living things involves systematically grouping and sorting organisms based on common or shared features, and providing organisms with a unique scientific name. The classification process also involves the writing of scientific descriptions; all organisms require a written scientific description to assist in the accurate identification of their species.

In this activity, students explore what makes a well-written scientific description. They then use their learning to write a scientific description for an insect. Students could collect insects from their local community or observe insect specimens from Queensland Museum.

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