Reflection: Checks for Understanding Classifying in Science: The skill of sorting - Section 5: Evaluate


It was really important to me that I first gave the children concrete objects to sort and classify.  I wanted them to be able to hold the insects in their hands.  Using live insects can be hazardous to a classroom setting, so the plastic insects offered what I was looking for.  I moved them through to the paper insects quickly, but felt they could handle the transition well.  They did not let me down when I watched and listened to their thinking in sorting the paper insects. They did a great job in transferring their skills of observation from plastic to paper.  Not to mention, I was pretty excited when I heard them using the word, 'replica' often. I am not sure if that was just because they liked the word, or if it really stuck in their minds.  

Either way, it meant the word was becoming part of their speaking vocabulary and that was my greatest hope. 

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Classifying in Science: The skill of sorting

Unit 1: Inquiry in Science
Lesson 9 of 14

Objective: SWBAT sort objects into groups based upon similar attributes.

Big Idea: What to do with the new information scientists gain is important. Learning to classify and categorize is a natural inclination for children.

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