Review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated September 2014
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Classify It!

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Cool tool teaches kids to observe, identify, classify living things

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  • Science

  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking
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Pros: This science game is a fun way to build classification skills and learn about unique and shared characteristics of living things. Creature cards are a cool motivational reward.

Cons: Lacks detailed information about organisms to be classified, so kids will need some prior knowledge.

Bottom Line: Fun, free resource is an excellent way for kids to apply and test their knowledge about various organisms.

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?

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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. 

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Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Classifying organisms using a variety of categories is fun and challenging, and earning creature cards is motivating. Adding timed rounds and varying the format could make the game even more engaging.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Three main levels of difficulty make the game adaptable to many skill levels. Hints about classification categories help struggling kids.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

A brief instruction menu helps get kids started. Great supporting lessons are available on the developer's website under the search term "classification."

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Jennifer V. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Gallego Basic Elementary School
Tucson, United States
Colorful app that uses varied categories to classify a limited set of living things.
I think that this product can be used advantageously by teachers with enough science background to recognize and teach around the sometimes fuzzy and occasionally incorrect categorizations. Here are some of the categorizations that I found to be problematic: Seaweed was categorized as a green plant. Seaweed is not a plant, it is algae. In the higher level of this activity, seaweed and giant kelp are correctly categorized as Protista. As fond as I am of the kingdom system, with everything changing ...
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