Mr. Zarate's Biology Class

October 19, 2012

When you go to the store and look at the chip section how do they decide to arrange the shelves? Do they just throw everything up there haphazardly? Chances are you are looking at some sort of classification scheme. Chips are arranges by type, brand, flavor and other traits. Mr. Zarate's biology class was looking at exploring that
idea. Students brought in their favorite chip and then built a dichotomous key to classify them down to a single type. Students used identifiable traits such as color, texture, ridges, and, of course, taste to identify the chips. After building their key the students got the chance to finish their lab by eating all the parts to it.