Developing Classification Skills in Young Children
Understanding Same and Different
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Ideas for activities and lessons
Give children different kinds of beans, pasta, or buttons. Ask them to sort the items. Watch what the children do and comment on their sorting “rules. “ For example, you might say, “Oh, I see you have the small buttons together, the medium buttons together, and the large buttons together.”
Think of three groups of people (such as men, women, children), foods (such as dessert, breads, vegetables), furniture (such as chairs, tables, beds), or other items. Ask children to find pictures from magazines that fit each of those groups.
Rader’s Kapili has information on biology and astronomy for children who are in third grade or older. Information on this site helps children to learn about different types of scientific classification.
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