Reflection: Pacing Ways to Classify Objects - Section 2: Classifying Together


Sometimes as teachers we think that we have to make things big or showy or complex, but our students may benefit from simple and sometimes almost easy. For this lesson I started by having students group objects in different ways. The students were so excited by the activity. They eagerly volunteered to group the objects in a novel way, or to try to guess what groupings others had used. The activity seemed simple, but the message, that there is more than one way to classify objects, is an important one for science. Scientists group animals by habitats, characteristics, food they eat, etc. Students need to understand that each of these classifications is important for a different reason.

Today's portion of the lesson seemed so simple, and yet students were actively engaged, excited and able to demonstrate a number of ways to group the same set of objects. 

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  Pacing: Simple Is Better
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Ways to Classify Objects

Unit 4: What Is It Made Out Of?
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT realize that there is more than one way to classify objects.

Big Idea: Students often classify objects by size and shape. Now they will look more at the properties of objects such as hardness, flexibility and texture.

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Science, building materials, Building Structures, classification, reasoning, discussions, matter, shapes
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