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  • Classification

    Book Chapter | October 2011

    A desire to sort and group objects that have similar characteristics is innate to humans. In science, the process of grouping and organizing items and ideas into categories in accordance with specific rules is known as…

  • Diversity, Classification, and Taxonomy

    Book Chapter | January 2006

    This chapter places fossils in the contexts of their distribution on the globe and how we name them and quantify their communities. The activities analyze how diversity is measured, how dinosaurs are classified, and…

  • Classification of Changes in Matter

    Book Chapter | November 2014

    The purpose of this lab is to allow students to apply their understanding of chemical and physical changes to different scenarios to determine ”Which Changes Are Examples of a Chemical Change, and Which Are Examples of…

  • Phylogenetic Trees and the Classification of Fossils

    Book Chapter | July 2015

    The purpose of this lab is for students to apply what they have learned about phylogenetic trees and phylogenetic classification to determine ”How Should Biologists Classify the Seymouria?” The Teacher Notes provide the…

  • Classification

    Journal Article | December 2013

    The authors use historical case studies and the Linnaean classification system to help students learn about patterns and classification.

  • Classifying Classification

    Journal Article | March 2009

    This article describes the experience of a group of first-grade teachers as they tackled the science process of classification, a targeted learning objective for the first grade. While the two-year process was not easy…

  • Shark Teeth Classification

    Journal Article | March 2009

    On a recent autumn afternoon at Harmony Leland Elementary in Mableton, Georgia, students in a fifth-grade science class investigated the essential process of classification—the act of putting things into groups…

  • Rubric for Content Classification

    Journal Article | November 2002

    Are teaching strategies such as collaborative learning, student-centered classrooms, and guided inquiry always appropriate? How do we decide what topics to teach? The Rubric for Content Classification is a taxonomy of…

  • Classification

    Collection | July 2015

  • Classification

    Collection | March 2018

  • Classification

    Blog Post | March 2009

    Classifying Classification describes how a team of first-grade teachers examined their own instruction in classification and how it related to their state standards. Check out the rubric they created and how it could…

  • Classification

    Blog Post | March 2009

    Snack sorting! It’s an interesting way to involve students in classifying and, while sitting together to eat, there is time to talk about why certain groupings were chosen. Children might sort by shape, create an ABAB…

  • Classification

    Blog Post | February 2009

    In last month’s issue of Science and Children, Bill Robertson asks the question “Why do we classify things in science?” He notes that many teachers teach classification as an end in itself or as a…

  • Editor’s Note: Classification Matters

    Journal Article | March 2009

    Classification skills, so foundational to science, must be taught. While children have a passion and drive to organize and categorize their experiences, sometimes the way they organize them doesn’t lead to a worthwhile…

  • Bring Classification to Life

    Journal Article | November 2001

    Teachers can engage their students in lively presentations that demonstrate their understanding of biological classification. Using a cooperative learning approach, student groups research and apply their knowledge of…

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