Classification KS2 Science
This classification lesson is based around an expedition to the coral reef. Students learn about classification through practical sorting activities and then apply their knowledge to the amazing animals on the coral reef and some of the oddities that are found there. What is a coral? Is a dolphin more closely related to a shark or a cow? More able students can also develop their own classification key.

This full lesson contains:

Slideshow 8 The Indian Ocean and classification with Anjani Ganase
Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance
Activity Overview Sorting objects practical
Student Sheet 8a Classifying coral life
Student Sheet 8b Making a key
Student Sheet 8c Classification card sort
Student Sheet 8d Coral life fact sheet
Subject Update Classification (background information for the teacher)

It forms Lesson 8 of 12 from the Our Ocean Planet resource, which is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers to teach all aspects of the ocean. It can be used as a full topic with over 20 hours of classroom activities or using a pick and mix approach. All lessons and resources are available from Digital Explorer’s TES profile.


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  • SS8b-Making-a-key---OOP-Mission-8.pdf
  • SS8c-Classification-card-sort---OOP-Mission-8.pdf
  • SS8d-Coral-Life-fact-sheet---OOP-Mission-8.pdf
  • Subject-Update-4-Classification.pdf

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Created: Feb 8, 2016

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