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    American Museum of Natural History
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    Learners work in teams to investigate how scientists use physical characteristics to classify living things. First, learners examine drawings of a variety of leaves from different species of oak...

    free Ages 8 - 18 45 to 60 minutes
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    Perkins School for the Blind
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    This activity was designed for blind learners, but all types of learners can use it to organize an interactive model for learning the classification system (taxonomy) of living things. Learners...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 8 - 14 10 to 30 minutes
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    University of Nebraska State Museum
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    In this activity (on pages 2-8), learners experience how scientists use classification in their study of animals. They sort pictures of parasites according to characteristics such as shape, size,...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 8 - 14 1 to 2 hours
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    COSI
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    In this classification activity, learners will learn one way of organizing plants and animals. The learners will "classify" themselves by means of a dichotomous key, a tool used to...

    free Ages 8 - 11 10 to 30 minutes
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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
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    This activity is on page 8 of the pdf, part of the Sea Life Discovery Box. This is an activity exploring the characteristics of fish. Learners are asked if they have seen a fish and what elements...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 4 - 6 10 to 30 minutes
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    4-H
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    In this fun group activity involving music and movement, learners are introduced to the idea that many insects walk by using their legs to create "alternating triangles." Learners sing...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 8 - 11 45 to 60 minutes
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    My Science Box
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    What does it mean to be alive? Is a cactus alive? Is a seed alive? Is the air we breathe alive? What are the necessary characteristics? To hook learners into the question, they are introduced to ...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 14 1 to 2 hours
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    Lawrence Hall of Science
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    In this outdoor, warm weather activity, learners use sweepnets to search a grassy area such as a large lawn or field, collecting small animals to find as many different kinds of animals as possible...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 6 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Miami Science Museum
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    In this activity, learners create their own bird species using arts and crafts materials. The bird call recordings are not online so the introduction activity can't be done, but everything...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 4 - 11 30 to 45 minutes
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    WGBH
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    In this activity, learners play a guessing game to explore classification. Use this activity to demonstrate how scientists make observations about objects (comparing and contrasting) and sort them...

    free Ages 6 - 11 5 to 10 minutes

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