Lesson Plan

Think Like a Scientist: Observe, Sort, and Classify

Scientists observe and classify the world around them! In this lesson, your students will practice their processing skills by observing a group of objects and grouping the objects based on their attributes.
View aligned standards
No standards associated with this content.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use their senses to observe various objects. Students will be able to sort and classify objects based on their attributes.


(2 minutes)
Talking Stems Chart
  • Tell your students that today, they will be doing the work of scientists by observing different items. Define observe as what scientists do when they use their senses to gather information about something.
  • Explain to your students that scientists often use their observations to sort and classify. Define sort and classify as grouping objects together using similar attributes, or features, of the objects.