March 03, 2008
"I did a taxonomy activity in which I had my students devise a classification system for a box of nuts, bolts, screws, nails and other hardware in the Kingdom 'Hardwaria.' They had to divide them into phyla, classes, orders, families, genera and species based on some system they could explain. The final requirement was to devise a descriptive binomial for each piece using a list of Latin and Greek roots. A small brass hex nut might end up with the binomial Microhex aureum and a washer Platiformus centrostoma. "