Sorting It All Out

Elementary/Middle (2-6)
Up to 30 students | 90 minutes

Sorting is an everyday occurrence that helps us stay organized and make sense of what is around us. Scientists known as taxonomists have been using the current scientific system for the past two centuries to sort the world’s organisms. Students will take on this role to organize a variety of marine creatures.

Learning standards will be met as students:

  • Determine how scientists organize animals in the taxonomic ranking system
  • Classify organisms according to shared characteristics
  • Review defining features of several major groups of animals
  • Create their own simple scheme for sorting animal models