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Concepts of Classification

Kit #50
Concepts of Classification

In this Lab-Aids® kit students sort and classify figures of various shapes and colors to gain a sense of order and an understanding that things (organisms, rocks, materials, etc) can be arranged into groups based on physical characteristics, or traits. Students discover for themselves that there are various kinds of characteristics and that these characteristics can be used in grouping, identifying, and comparing objects. They then apply the understanding of classification gained through experience with the figures to actual classification systems used in the sciences.

Details at a Glance

  • 1 Day | 1 ~50 minute class period
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates unlimited classes, each with 12 groups of 2 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • All materials are non-consumable

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Concepts of Classification

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Scientific Concepts

•One way to gather data is through direct observations. Accurate and complete observations are important for making conclusions about the natural world.
•Classifications systems can vary based on the characteristics used to differentiate organisms.
•Classification systems help scientists organize and identify the two–three million known species.
•Specific characteristics define the major phyla.
•Space objects are grouped into categories by such characteristics as size, composition, and motion in space.
•Elements have characteristic physical and chemical properties. Substances often are placed in categories or groups if they react in similar ways; metals are an example of such a group. 

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 12 sets of 12 blue figures
  • 12 blue 18-cm rulers
  • 12 sets of 12 pink figures
  • 12 pink 18-cm rulers
  • 28 Student Worksheet and Guides
  • 1 Teacher’s Guide

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