Our team is going on to state from regional, so I have decided to improve my notes.
there are 80 fact sheets for NC.
I have many questions for the formatting of fact sheets:
1.What should we include in the family fact sheets that dont include genuses on the official list?
2.What should we include in the family fact sheets that do?
3.What should we include in the genuses?
4,Do we have to know the species of each genus thats on the list?
5.Do we even have to make genus fact sheets?
6.Which should have more information, genus or family?
Hi! Congrats on getting to states, first of all. Second of all...
1.For these, it can be tricky to find info since families tend to be pretty broad. Just include whatever info you can find. It might not be as detailed as more specific taxons like genuses, but any info that defines the family, like anatomical characteristics or distribution should be included. If this still doesn't seem to be enough, you can look into the type genus of the family, which is the genus that sort of defines the family, I guess. For example, for family Lacertidae, looking into the type genus, Lacerta
, could be helpful.
2. For Families that do specify genuses, like Family Phrynosomatidae, I don't usually put down too much into the family notesheets. Just some broad defining characteristics. I make the included genuses much more specific, because those are more important.
3. For genus notesheets, basically anything important should go into the notes. I suggest using a format for all notes, if you don't already. You can split this up into categories, like taxonomy, anatomy, diet, distribution, etc., and try to fill these in based on what you find. Overall, I'd say its really important to include anything specific to that genus, since that is likely what the test will be asking. For example, you don't need to include the anatomy of every salamander genus if they're roughly the same, but any differences should be noted, if that makes sense.
4. Technically, no. The rules don't require you to identify past what is written on the list, which is genus at most specific. However, I do reccomend writing down some of the most important species of each genus in your notes, just in case the test writers accidentally put something like that on the test, which they do sometimes.
5. You should make sheets for anything that's on the list. If its a genus, make a genus sheet, if its a family, make a family sheet. You want to be prepared for anything the writers throw at you, so you don'y want to miss anything on the list!
6.I'd say genuses. It's probably easier to find info on them anyway, because their less broad than families.
I hope this helped! Good luck at states!