Classifying Objects: Describe It!
Students will be able to describe and classify different objects collected.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Ask students what it means to classify something.
- Explain to student that when you classify something you organize it into its closest matching category.
- Tell students that today they will be finding different objects from outside to classify into groups.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Show students a variety of different colored markers.
- Ask them how they would classify these markers.
- Recommend sorting these markers by size and color if your students are struggling.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Show students different school supplies.
- Ask them how they would classify these supplies, by color, size, how it feels, or weight?
- Explain that there are a variety of ways to classify objects.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Take students to an outside area.
- Partner students up.
- Have pairs find at least 5 objects to collect, such as rocks, grass, flowers, branches, leaves, or dirt.
- Students will then need to classify the objects with their partners and describe why they classified the objects the way they did.
- Enrichment: Students can classify objects in more than one category. For example, a rock can be smooth but also hard.
- Support: Give categories to these students to put their objects into. For example: smooth, rough, heavy, light, hard, soft.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Students will be assessed by their reasoning on classifying their objects.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Students may share their objects and classifications with the class.