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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Classify It! is a science game that challenges kids to group living things based on shared characteristics such as the habit of building nests or scientific names such as "fungi" or "bacteria." Kids choose a level and then tap all the organisms that fit a given category. If they earn 100 percent on a level, kids earn a creature card, which includes information and fun facts about an organism.
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What’s It About?
Kids start by choosing a level: easy, intermediate, or advanced. Within each main level are 10 levels of play plus a challenge level, and kids have to unlock one before moving on to the next. Level 1 has one round, and the others have three rounds each. Once they begin to play, kids are given a category and several organisms they must classify. For example, the category might be "Living Things That Are Mammals," and kids have to tap on all the organisms that are mammals. They can get a hint about the category, and they must earn at least 80 percent to pass the level. If they earn 100 percent, kids earn a fun, fact-filled creature card.
Is It Any Good?
CLASSIFY IT! is a fun, engaging way for kids to build and practice classification skills. The range of difficulty levels and categories will appeal to a variety of abilities, and earning creature cards is a unique way to motivate kids. The hints for each category are helpful, but it could be more beneficial for struggling kids to get feedback after an unsuccessful round. Since details about the organisms are not provided, the game works best with kids who have some prior knowledge about the primary characteristics of living things.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the organisms that are part of the game and what their primary characteristics are. Do some brief research if kids are not familiar with a particular organism they have to classify.
Discuss why scientific classification is important. Start by asking kids what kinds of things they classify and how it helps them. For example, kids might put all their socks in one place in a dresser and all their shirts in another.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: animals, biology, plants
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, making conclusions, Self-Direction: academic development
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: August 30, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Science and Nature
- Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
- Last updated: July 26, 2019
For kids who love science
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