Lesson Plan

Classifying Objects Based on their Observable Properties

Sorting objects by properties is a lesson in justification. Learners begin by studying different types of properties of materials, including those based on appearance and texture. They examine the properties of specific items and use them to classify the objects into self-created categories.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils bring their own objects to classify
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a specific set of materials
  • First lesson in an 11-part Inquiry to Action series
Pros
  • Includes a student handout to record observations and conclusions
  • Makes use of easily obtainable materials
Cons
  • None
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