Science Shorts: About Form and Function by: Kimberly J. Davis and Tracy L. Coskie

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Humans have been classifying organisms since before recorded history, cataloging flora and fauna for our own species’ benefit. Recognition of particular forms—the bark of a tree, shape of a leaf, or color of a mushroom cap—could reveal important insight as to the organism’s functions, such as providing food, fiber, or medicine. In the activity that follows, students will create lists of physical traits (forms) for objects, followed by lists of functions. Students will then look for similarities across objects and classify the objects based on shared forms and uses.

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  • on Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:17 PM

This lesson is about one of the benchmarks as well as a unifying concept in the Science Standards. This is also a recurring theme in biological science that is not such an easy concept to grasp for elementary students. This classifying activity aims to help students understand that differences and similarities of twelve objects are related to their function.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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