Classification

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Classification introduces students to this useful tool that scientists use to keep track of information. Students will discover why this is useful and practice classifying different objects themselves. They will learn the stages of classification as well and be able to list its uses.

In the “Options for Lesson” section on the classroom procedure page, you will find several suggestion that you can add to or alter in your lesson. One suggestion is to have students walk through the school and try to spot examples of classification. You can also describe how people classify things in other subject areas, such as reading or mathematics.

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What our Classification lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Classification explores a few different ways to classify things into groups. Students will discover why classifying is a useful tool in many ways. They will also learn to identify the stages of classification.

This lesson contains four pages of content. The first page defines science process skills. Students will learn that scientists use a number of skills, such as observing and predicting. Classifying is also one of these useful skills scientists use to group similar things, like animals or clouds. This skill allows them to keep track of the data they collected and make it easier to compare and contrast.

Students will discover the three stages for classifying things: single stage, multistage, and serial ordering. The lesson then presents a few examples of items that scientists classified in some way. One of these is the animal kingdom, which groups animals into smaller and smaller categories. Another is the Period Table of Elements.

STAGES ACTIVITY WORKSHEET

Students will work with a partner for the activity. First, they will review each stage of classification. Using the charts on the worksheet, they will classify the alphabet, the 50 states, and other items of their choice. Next, they will cut out the letters on the other worksheet for the alphabet portion and use the list of states for that portion. After completing the activity, the students will share their worksheets with the class.

REVIEW PRACTICE WORKSHEET

The practice worksheet has a few sections. The first section requires students to answer 10 questions. The second section lists five sentences in which students must fill in the blank. For the last section, students must write a short paragraph explaining why classifying animals and plants is important.

CLASSIFICATION HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

For the homework assignment, students will practice classifying many different things. These things include numbers, foods, and items in their neighborhood or home.

Additional information

grade-level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

subject

Science, Video

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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01/28/2022
Anonymous
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LOVED IT

I love the Classification set. I'm teaching science and I am NOT a science teacher. Your packets help me make the class interesting for my students!!! So worth it!

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05/12/2021
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Animal Classification Review

Great, loved it. Well worth downloading and using in class, students really enjoyed it and learned so much from it.

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03/30/2021
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Animal Classifications

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03/24/2020
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Animal classification

It was great. I will keep looking for more resources

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09/16/2019
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Good stuff

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