# Observe, Sort and Classify

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.

K-1

Next Generation Science Standard

Materials Needed

Model pictures

Sets of dog pictures (one set for each group)

Computer with internet access

Lesson

Introduction

• Gather students.
• Explain to students that in order to be a scientist, you must be able to make observations.
• Define “observe” as using your senses to gather information.
• Scientists use observations to sort and classify. Sort means to put alike things in groups and classify means to give that group a name.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling

• Model how to observe something by the way it looks. Possible questions to ask: Is it big? Is it small? What color(s) is it? What do you think it feels like?
• Show the students four pictures: a mouse, a cat, a flower and a tree.
• Describe the way each looks, their size, their colors, what they might feel like.
• Demonstrate how you observe the objects in the collection and sort them based on how they are alike. For instance, a mouse and a cat have fur. A flower and a tree do not.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling

• Invite your students to sit in groups. Give each group a set of pictures with various breeds of dogs. Have students sort the dogs based on their characteristics.
• Rotate around the room to observe your students as they work. Each student should check in with you once they feel that they are finished sorting and classifying their dogs.
• Ask students to choose ONE attribute they have observed in a small collection of dogs (i.e. a few of the dogs are small, a few are short, a few have short legs, etc.)
• Ask students to create a name for the collection. For instance, if the student chose a group of short dogs they might name it “Short Dogs.”
• Using resources on akc.org, have students review their groups and identify each breed. They should then determine if the collections they created match the 7 AKC groups.

Review and Closing

• Tell the students that scientists are always thinking about how things can be grouped together.
• When we are looking closely at something, or observing, we can always think about how things can be grouped together according to how they look and feel.
• This helps scientists understand the world around them.

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