Second graders participated in an activity this week that got us all thinking about how and why we organize things in our lives, including animals. Why do scientists do this? What characteristics do they focus on when they classify animals?
We realized as a class that it can be quite tricky to do this at times. Sharks and dolphins look very similar. Shouldn't they be in the same group? Why not? Bats look more like birds than a cat. Why are bats and cats in the same group? We look forward to continuing this investigation, along with many other questions we have about science, as our year continues.