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Classifying Objects

Have you ever lost a button from your shirt? When you started looking for it on the floor or tried to replace it, you had an idea of what it looked like. You remembered the color, size and shape of the button.

TRY IT

Pretend you've lost a button!Take a container of buttons and pour them out on a table or desk. Try to find a button that looks like your button in only 30 seconds.

Sort the buttons into groups according to their color, size, shape, etc. Now try to find a button that looks like your button in only 30 seconds. Did you find one faster?

Classifying Animals
Scientists sort all of the animals and plants on the earth into groups. Then they give them names. Some common groups of animals are reptiles, birds, fish, and mammals. By using classification keys that scientists have made, it is possible to sort animals into groups and learn more about them.

Find pictures of different kinds of animals; sort them into groups. ( Some groups can be: has legs, has hair, has feathers, or has scales.) Share your animal groups with your friends. Did they group their's the same way? Remember that it is okay to differ on which groups animals belong in. After all, scientists sometimes argue about how to group them too!

Share your animal groups with your friends. Did they agree with the groups you created? Remember that it is acceptable to have different ideas on what groups animals belong to - after all scientists sometimes argue about how to group organisms.

Download the plug-ins: Get Adobe Acrobat Reader , and Get Quicktime Player. (The QuickTime plug-in is needed to play sounds and movies correctly.)

Want to share photos of you or your friends doing this activity? Send it in an e-mail with the following information:

  1. The title of the activity
  2. The URL (Internet address)
  3. Your name.

Remember that no pictures can be used that show student faces or student names on it. 

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Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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