Investigating - Choosing
Animals with feathers are grouped together as birds.

Investigating - Choosing

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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.
Which group does polythene belong to?
Plastic, nylon, steel
Nylon, cotton, wool
Wool, cotton, rice
Rock, stone, sand
Plastic, nylon and steel are all man-made. Polythene is also man-made
2.
Which group does gold belong to?
Wood, bark, leaves
Lion, tiger, leopard
Iron, copper, tin
Wool, cotton, nylon
We wear gold jewelry. We wear wool, cotton and nylon, but they are not jewelry. Gold is a metal
3.
Alice was putting animals into groups. One group was:

Polar Bear, Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare.

Why did Alice NOT put penguins into this group?
Because they all live in cold places
Because they all start with the letter A
Because they are all carnivores
Because penguins live in the Antarctic
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
4.
Alice was doing science at school. She had to group things by how bendy they were. Which of these groups is the bendiest?
Aluminum foil, wire, string
Wire, steel bar, metal coin
Wooden ruler, plastic ruler, metal ruler
Gold, silver, bronze
Have you ever used aluminum foil in cooking?
5.
Which group does moss belong to?
Wood, bark, leaves
Mushrooms, toadstools, mold
Ferns, grasses, flowers
Paper, cardboard, tissue
Mosses are green plants
6.
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?
Vacuum cleaner, fridge, thermos bottle, cool box
Fridge, freezer, cool box, thermos bottle
Vacuum cleaner, fridge, freezer, computer
Computer, television, smart phone, mirror
Which one of the groups has 3 things that use electricity?
7.
Sam was putting animals into groups. Which one of these groups did he put penguins into?
Shark, starfish, crab
Dolphin, sea lion, whale
Zebra, deer, elk
Crocodile, lizard, snake
Why did Sam put penguins in with dolphins, sea lions and whales? - They all have flippers
8.
Which group does glass belong to?
Wood, steel, brick
Rain, fog, cloud
Air, water, sky
Ice, snow, rain
Air, water and sky are all transparent. You can see through them.
9.
Sam put whales into a group with seals, sharks and octopus. Why did Sam do that?
Because they all live in water
Because they all have fins
Because they all have a bony skeleton
Because they all have eight legs
The octopus does not have a bony skeleton
10.
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?
Because they all have feathers
Because they all walk on two legs
Because they all lay eggs
Because they can all fly
What other animals can walk on two legs?
Author:  David Bland

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