Sorting Objects: Classification Techniques
Students develop the skill of classification. They classify things according to shape, color or size. They group things into two groups-living and non-living. They classify a collection of items into their own categories.
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Reading the River - Biological Classification
Youngsters create a list of grocery store items and then work together to categorize them as if they were setting up the shelves of the market. Then they are given a box of miscellaneous objects to practice categorizing. With these two...
5th - 8th Science
From A (Away) to Z (Zero)
Schools generate a lot of trash. This lesson plan has groups collect data about the amount of trash that people generate at school over a period of time. They sort the trash and determine the amounts based upon type. The class determines...
5th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
To Group of Not to Group - That is the Question!
Upper elementary and middle schoolers use their observation skills to group different kinds of candy by similar characteristics. They debate whether or not we should classify objects. Finally, they learn that biologists have developed a...
4th - 8th Science
The Earth Moves Under My Feet
Most people rely on the ground under them remaining still and constant, yet the plates on the earth are constantly moving. A research-based STEM lesson asks pupils to research seismic data and tectonic plates. Then they create surveys of...
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed