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App of the Week: Classify It!

By Stephen Noonoo
March 2nd, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.
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What it’s like: Classify It! has a clean, colorful design that makes it easy to navigate. 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; the other levels 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 all the organisms that are mammals. They can get a hint about the category, and must earn at least 80% to pass the level. If they earn 100%, kids earn a fun, fact-filled creature card.
Price: Free
Grades: 4-8
Pros: This science game is a fun way to build classification skills and learn about unique and shared characteristics of living things. Creature cards are a cool motivational reward.
Cons: Lacks detailed information about organisms to be classified, so kids will need some prior knowledge.
Bottom line: Fun, free resource is an excellent way for kids to apply and test their knowledge about various organisms.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.