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Classifying Objects

Have you ever lost a button off 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

Take a container of buttons and pour them out on a table or desk. Sort them into groups according to their color, size, shape, etc. How many groups can you make?

Scientists have sorted all of the animals and plants on the earth into groups and given them names. Some common groups of animals are reptiles, birds, fish, and mammals.

By using classification schemes that scientist have made, it can help us sort animals into groups and learn more about them.

See if you can sort these animals into groups. Animal pictures.

Check your answers with the Answer Key

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Updated August 7, 2001 by: Glen Westbroek

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