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Science - 4th Grade
Standard 5 Objective 3
1 class periods of 30 minutes each
In this activity students learn to classify objects based on their attributes.
(Kits should contain familiar objects such as rocks, string, paper clips, cloth, bottle caps, etc. Each kit must be identical ).
A basic element of thinking is classification. We place objects and situations into conceptual categories in order to make sense of the world. By doing this we eliminate the need to respond to every object and situation as a completely new experience.
We classify objects by choosing certain attributes to concentrate on while ignoring others. We cannot take in all attributes at once so we select just a few as being relevant to the task at hand. Classification of data is an important part of all scientific study, including archaeology.
Intrigue of the Past Activity Guide; 1992.
This lesson plan was provided by the Utah Museum of Natural History.