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“Is It a Plant?” Sort for Fourth Grade Science Stations

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Teach students about fungus, lichen, algae, and plants with a SORT about identifying Plants and Organisms aligned with the Next Generation Science Stations for Fourth Grade. In this station, the sort cards include an image for students to look at, as well as text for them to read. Students will look over each card to sort them into categories based on if the object is a plant or organism.

Structure and Function Science Stations cover NGSS 4-LS1.A and focuses on how organisms live, behave, reproduce, and grow. During the sort station, student differentiate between plants and non-plant organisms.

What is Included in the “Is It a Plant?” Sort Station

Included in the Sort about Plants and Organisms are:

  • Larger table-group color sorting cards
  • Smaller cut and paste sort for individual students
  • Differentiated questions in short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple-choice formats. Worksheet and task cards are included for some options.
  • Answer key

Plants and Organisms Sort for Table Groups

There are two ways to do this sort. One way is in table groups where students collaboratively look at the images on the cards, read the brief descriptions, and determine which category each object falls under.

Structure and Function Science Stations cover NGSS 4-LS1.A and focuses on how organisms live, behave, reproduce, and grow. During the sort station, student differentiate between plants and non-plant organisms.

There are different types of plants and organisms that students will learn about in this sort: fungus, lichen, algae, and plants.

This sort has colorful images that students analyze, as well as information about each fungus lichen, algae, and plant. Students decide which category each organism or plant falls under thinking carefully about the images and descriptions on each card.

Cut and Paste Sort Option

The second way to do the sort is a cut and paste option. Students can do both options: sort color option as a whole group and the cut and paste option individually. Or you can choose to have students do only one option.

The cut and paste option is all in black and white and a worksheet format. After reading the informational passage, students look at the images, read the information listed on each card, and then sort them into the correct category.

Differentiated Responses

Like all of our science stations, differentiated responses are available for students to demonstrate their understanding. Below is an example of the Short Answer worksheet. Fill-in-the-blanks and multiple-choice task cards are also available.

How to Purchase the Plants and Organisms Science Station

This Plants and Organisms Sort Science Station can be purchased on Teachers Pay Teachers. It is sold individually and part of a whole Sorts for Fourth Grade Science Stations. Also available is a Fourth Grade NGSS Science Station BUNDLE.

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