Categorize and Re-Categorize Animals

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By grouping and re-grouping the same set of animals, students will discover new patterns and ideas about these creatures.

This task is designed to get students to look at the same set of animals in three different ways.


  1. Students create 2-5(ish) categories of animals using a list that they generate or that you provide. They can use an criteria to form their groups, but no group can be called "other."
  2. Then they'll start over and re-group those same animals into new categories.
  3. Then, yes, they'll re-re-group those animals into another set of animals.
  4. Finally, students describe how looking at the same creatures from different perspectives gave them some new insight or idea.


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