Classification 1: Classification Scheme
Students use the Internet to learn about a variety of organisms with the intention of developing their own classification schemes. They can hone their observation skills as they note similarities and differences between/among different organisms. There is a companion lesson called Classification 2: A Touch of Class that can be accessed at this site. In this lesson, students practice sorting organisms into different groups using different structures and features. Initially, students work in groups to sort buttons, tools, and keys into groups according to physical structure and features. The site provides a link to the Utah Education Network site to access Animal Movement cards that will be used in a grouping activity. Questions are provided to motivate, guide, and assess students.
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- To show students that many kinds of living things can be sorted into groups in many ways using various features to decide which things belong to which group and that classification schemes will vary with purpose.
- Follow this lesson with the second lesson in the series on classification: Classification 2: A Touch of Class.
- For an additional Living Environment lesson for grades 3-5, go to Pond 1: Pond Life.
- The online unit of study called Living Things on the Franklin Institute website has a section called Families that can further your students' understanding about classification.
- The classification of animals into groups helps broaden students' understanding about the diversity of life. To help emphasize the differences and similarities between species, you can refer your students to the Classifying Critters page of The Cool Science for Curious Kids website. In this activity, students are given a chance to test their knowledge about different species.
- Box of assorted buttons
- Box of assorted tools
- Box of assorted keys