Classify It! would work well as a practice tool during a life-science unit. Choose a level for kids to start with, depending on their grade level and abilities. Have kids work with a partner or in small groups to complete a level. They should record their results, as well as noting any organisms they're unfamiliar with. If time allows, have kids research the characteristics of unfamiliar organisms so they can understand how to classify them. Come together as a class and discuss the level. What categories did they use to classify organisms? What challenges did they encounter and what did they learn?Continue reading Show less
Classify It! has a clean, colorful design that makes it easy to navigate. Kids start by choosing a level: easy, intermediate, or advanced. Within each main level are 10 levels of play plus a challenge level, and kids have to unlock one before moving on to the next. Level 1 has one round; the other levels have three rounds each. Once they begin to play, kids are given a category and several organisms they must classify. For example, the category might be "Living Things That Are Mammals," and kids have to tap all the organisms that are mammals. They can get a hint about the category, and must earn at least 80% to pass the level. If they earn 100%, kids earn a fun, fact-filled creature card.
Classification is a fundamental life-science skill that helps kids observe and identify characteristics of living things. Playing the game, kids learn about classification and how to group living things according to similar characteristics. They can also collect creature cards and learn facts about organisms such as where they live, what they eat, and how big they are. The game focuses on biodiversity, while promoting a deeper understanding and appreciation of similarities among living things.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.