Identifying, classifying and grouping
ExamplesFor example young children should identify and name a variety of animals and sort them into whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.
Animal sorting cards (available via STEM Resources).Identifying, Grouping and classifying doesn’t have to be limited to biology based topics. Young children can develop their knowledge of materials and their properties by exploring and grouping them in different ways. Grouping and sorting activities are also a good way to introduce and develop scientific vocabulary. For example at key stage 1 (5 – 7 years), children could use the following vocabulary to describe materials: hard/soft; stretchy/stiff; shiny/dull; rough/smooth; bendy/not bendy; waterproof/not waterproof; absorbent/not absorbent; opaque/transparent.As children develop their skills in this area of enquiry you can ask then to give reasons for classifying plants and animals into different sets. They could also design a key to identify animals according to specific characteristics.
Living things kingdoms tree (available via STEM Resources).
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