Classification and Sorting Lesson Plans
- A Couch
or a Potato - Students classify objects/organisms seen on the Wakulla
Springs icam website as living or nonliving.
Behaviors - Students work in cooperative groups to list and classify
which human characteristics are learned and which are inherited. Each
student then writes a letter identifying and explaining learned and inherited
Sorting: Using Observation and Comprehension to Categorize Books -
This sorting activity addresses critical-thinking skills, observation
and categorization processes, and reading comprehension and writing skills,
while at the same time providing teachers with a vast array of diagnostics
through observation of student interaction and conversation.
Galore - Students classify and sort animals into groups according
to the structural characteristics.
- Animals That Fly
or Do Not Fly - Children classify animals according to if they can
or cannot fly.
- Students will practice using the mathematical concepts of sorting, patterns,
classifying, counting, and recording by participating in an authentic
classroom survey and experiment.
Sort - Students create dichotomous keys, classify items, and practice
writing scientific names.
Odd Bears Even - Students use counters and cubes to classify and model
numbers as even or odd.
Bonanza - This is a small group activity in which students sort, classify,
and write about how they sort buttons.
Trucks, and Things that Go Sorting Fun! - This is a small group activity
in which students have fun sorting, classifying and writing about how
they sort transportation vehicles.
- Students classify pre-selected art class items to see how classification
methods are created and used. This activity gives students a greater understanding
of why and how classification methods are used in science. The scientific
method of categorizing is revealed in this lesson.
and Constructing Corners - Students explore, classify, and define
the various types of angles (acute, right, obtuse, and straight) that
occur in the world around them. This lesson plan is the second lesson
in a series on geometry.
and Sorting Teaching Theme
Classifications - This classification idea provides ESE students with
some much needed practice to show knowledge of characteristics of vertebrate
groups. They cutout pictures of animals and identify which grouping that
animal belongs in.
Dewey - Doing Dewey reinforces the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
Students will apply their basic understanding of Dewey decimal classification
to the process of book organization.
- Fish Eyes
Sort - This is a small group instructional lesson in which students
sort, classify and write about what characteristics they used to sort
Crackers - In this lesson the students will sort and classify by shapes
four kinds of crackers.
- Geo Jammin'
- Day 2, Lesson 4: Sing a Song of Shapes - Students learn five songs
to define and develop understanding of the attributes of two- and three-dimensional
figures and the meaning of mathematical terms. Through use of the attribute
songs, students classify objects as either two- or three-dimensional.
- Geo Jammin'
By DeSign - Day 7, Lesson 34: Flying Geese - The Flying Geese quilt
pattern is used as a graphic organizer for classifying learned concepts.
Using student-generated ideas, the teacher models use of the design for
organizing knowledge and writing recorded ideas into paragraphs for a
- GUM: More,
Less, or the Same? - A laboratory activity confirming the law of conservation
of matter by weighing chewing gum before and after it is chewed. Will
it weigh more, less or the same? What happens to the matter?'
Bear Sorting - Students demonstrate knowledge of sorting and classifying
by color as they sort gummy bear candies.
Halloween Sort - This is a small group instructional activity in which
students sort, classify and tell about what characteristics they sort
individually wrapped candy.
and Classifying Verbs in Context - Verbs are the glue that holds sentences
together; without verbs, there can be no action in a sentence.
to Classification - Classification is a systematic method used to
diversify, categorize and organize animate and inanimate objects. Students
explore these relationships by designing a classification system.
- Is it
Too Broad? - Students play a class game to learn to identify and classify
levels of specificity among words.
and Death - This is a great interactive game students can play to
review how living things are classified. This lesson and assessment should
be used after the GLE (SC.G.18.104.22.168.2) has been introduced.
Magic - This is a small group activity in which students sort, classify
and write about how they sorted the mittens.
- Name That
Tune - Students listen to music that is representative of different
styles, periods, cultures, composers, and performers and identify the
music using as least two areas of classification.
People - The student will describe a wide variety of classification
schemes and patterns related to physical characteristics and sensory attributes
of people and will recognize, extend and create a wide variety of those
patterns and relations.
Difference and Classification - The students compare and contrast
several physical properties and develop a classification system using
observation skills and a microscope.
and Classifying Worksheets
to Compare - In this lesson the students learn how to draw and classify
two and three dimensional figures (squares, triangles, rectangles.)
Sort! - This is a small group activity in which students sort and
classify Gator and Seminole pasta by a variety of characteristics.
Alike, We're Different! - This is a small group activity in which
students compare a variety of people counters to determine how they're
alike and different and then sort, classify and write about how they sort
and classify people counters.
My Rule for Sorting? - Students build on prior knowledge of sorting
and classifying when they recognize sorts and name rules for sorting.
They identify common properties in the classroom environment and make,
explain, and defend conjectures to extend their knowledge.
the Texture - This is a small group activity in which students sort,
classify, and write about how they sort a variety of shells.