Classification Line Up

By Accessible Science on Feb 05, 2014


To create an interactive model for students with visual impairments to learn the classification system (taxonomy) of living things

Background information:

The classification system for living organisms contains a number of levels into which the organisms are organized based on characteristics. The number of organisms in a group decreases as the classifying moves from the kingdom, for example, Animalia (animal) to Phylum, class, order, family genus, and species.


The teacher prepares examples of the classification blocks for the students to examine. Wooden blocks or Duplos™ are used for the base. Then a craft stick is taped to the base. A note card 3" by 5", indicating the classification category in large print, Braille and/ or with pictures is taped to the top of the card.


  • Wooden blocks, Duplos™ or other suitable base approximately 2” by 2”
  • Craft sticks
  • Index cards with large print, Braille, and/or pictures
  • Tape


  1. Given the classification blocks the student organizes the blocks in order: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.
  2. After the student accurately put the blocks in order, the student creates blocks to use in subsequent classification activities.
  3. The cards the student creates provides an additional opportunity to learn the classification categories and to practice the classification of organisms.

NGSS Standards:

LS4.A.  Anatomical similarities and differences between various organisms living today and between them and organisms in the fossil record, enable the reconstruction of evolutionary history and the inference of lines of evolutionary descent.

Collage with image of learning classification strategy


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