Investigating - Grouping and Classifying
Animals with feathers are grouped together as birds.

Investigating - Grouping and Classifying

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 Science for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with investigating, grouping and classifying.

One of the things scientists do after investigating is to put things into groups. Scientists classify things. So, all things made of metal go into a group called metals. Some of those metals may be bendier or shinier than others, but they are still all metals. In science at school you will have put things into big groups, like plants, animals, metals, plastics. You can also put things into groups after investigating their properties: are things stretchy, transparent, or hard? This quiz is all about classifying and choosing which group to put things in.

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  1. Sam put whales into a group with seals, sharks and octopus. Why did Sam do that?
    The octopus does not have a bony skeleton
  2. Which group does gold belong to?
    We wear gold jewellery. We wear wool, cotton and nylon, but they are not jewellery. Gold is a metal
  3. Ella was asked by her teacher to make a list of four things that need electricity to work. Which one of these groups is the best answer?
    Which one of the groups has 3 things that use electricity?
  4. Sam was putting animals into groups. Which one of these groups did he put penguins into?
    Why did Sam put penguins in with dolphins, sea lions and whales? - They all have flippers
  5. Which group does glass belong to?
    Air, water and sky are all transparent. You can see through them.
  6. Which group does moss belong to?
    Mosses are green plants
  7. Which group does polythene belong to?
    Plastic, nylon and steel are all man-made. Polythene is also man-made
  8. Alice was putting animals into groups. One group was:

    Polar Bear, Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare.

    Why did Alice NOT put penguins into this group?
    Yes, it’s number 4 - all the other animals live in the Arctic, near the North Pole. Penguins live in the Antarctic, near the South Pole
  9. Sam was doing science at school. The teacher asked him to put different animals into groups. Sam put us - human beings - in the same group as penguins, sparrows and chickens. Why did Sam put human beings into that group?
    What other animals can walk on two legs?
  10. Alice was doing science at school. She had to group things by how bendy they were. Which of these groups is the bendiest?
    Have you ever used aluminium foil in cooking?

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