Lesson plan

Classifying Objects: Describe It!

This activity keeps your students moving and puts their reasoning skills to the test! An outside scavenger hunt will allow students to find different objects to classify into groups.
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Students will be able to describe and classify different objects collected.

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students what it means to ClassifySomething.
  • Explain to student that when you classify something you organise it into its closest matching category.
  • Tell students that today they will be finding different objects from outside to classify into groups.
(5 minutes)
  • Show students a variety of different colored markers.
  • Ask them how they would classify these markers.
  • Recommend sorting these markers by size and colour if your students are struggling.
(5 minutes)
  • Show students different school supplies.
  • Ask them how they would classify these supplies, by colour, size, how it feels, or weight?
  • Explain that there are a variety of ways to classify objects.
(10 minutes)
  • Take students to an outside area.
  • Partner students up.
  • Have pairs find at least 5 objects to collect, such as rocks, grass, flowers, branches, leaves, or dirt.
  • Students will then need to classify the objects with their partners and describe why they classified the objects the way they did.
  • Enrichment:Students can classify objects in more than one category. For example, a rock can be smooth but also hard.
  • Support:Give categories to these students to put their objects into. For example: smooth, rough, heavy, light, hard, soft.
(5 minutes)
  • Students will be assessed by their reasoning on classifying their objects.
(5 minutes)
  • Students may share their objects and classifications with the class.

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