Scientists sort living and non-living things into different groups based on similar characteristics. there are many different ways to sort things: by color, shape, size, texture, and the list goes on! earth materials are sorted so they can easily be identified and studied. > Download PDF


Activity 1: Wonderful Earth

Scientists sort Earth materials by size, shape, texture, and more.


Activity 2: Who's Been Sorting My Rocks

Scientists sort rocks into different groups based on size.


Activity 3: Sieve-ing Sizes

Scientists sort dirt into different groups based on size: clay (teeny tiny), silt (a little bigger) and sand (the biggest form of dirt).


Activity 4: Sand Sleuthing

Most sand in Hawaii comes from once-living sources.


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