Classify It!

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Great tool for building scientific classification skills.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about classification and how to group living things according to similar characteristics. They also can collect creature cards and learn facts about organisms such as where the organism lives, what it eats, and how big it is. By playing the game and focusing on one primary characteristic at a time, kids become familiar with the process of classification, which is a foundational skill in life science.

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A simple yet colorful design makes this a snap to navigate. 

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Ads for sponsors and partnerships appear on the screen when users first open the app, but it's only for a few seconds. 

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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.

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