September 25, 2015
by Ginger Bruster

Lesson plan

Classifying Objects: Describe It!

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Students will be able to describe and classify different objects collected.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(5 minutes)
  • Students will be assessed by their reasoning on classifying their objects.
(5 minutes)
  • Students may share their objects and classifications with the class.

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