Classify That!

In today’s lesson students discussed different types of classification.  Classification is an important tool in science and it helps us understand certain topics by studying their relationships.  We explored why and how scientists use classification, as well as how classification is used in everyday life.  We emphasized the many different ways to classify one set of objects and that the classification scheme we choose depends on what we are interested in studying.

For today’s activity, the students were given a set of objects to classify.  The objects came in various shapes, sizes, and colors.  We used our knowledge of dichotomous, categorical and continuous forms of classification and were able to effectively classify these objects using several different schemes.  The most popular ones were classifying by color, size, and living and nonliving.



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