Science Card Sorts

  • Hands-On Manipulatives

    Students are provided with category cards and multiple examples (with images) to sort.

  • Saves Valuable Time

    Why reinvent the wheel? You don't need to spend hours and hours creating sorting activities for your students. These 30 sets are ready to be printed and used in your classroom immediately.

  • Supports Collaboration

    Meaningful and beneficial discussions take place regardless of the grouping strategy - large group, small group, pull-outs, tutorials, or pairs.

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Adaptations (Set of 24)

-3 category cards (ex. Structural Adaptations, Behavioral Adaptations, and Physiological Adaptations)
-3 definitions (one for each category)
-6 examples of each category (18 example cards total)

Biotic and Abiotic Factors (Set of 32)
-2 Category Cards (Biotic and Abiotic)
-2 Definition Cards (Biotic and Abiotic)
-14 Examples of Biotic Factors with pictures
-14 Examples of Abiotic Factors with pictures

Conduction, Convection, and Radiation (Set of 36)
-3 Category Cards (Conduction, Convection, and Radiation
-3 Definitions (Conduction, Convection, and Radiation)
-10 Examples with pictures of each category (30 examples total)

Density (Set of 24)

-2 category cards (ex. Sink in Water and Float in Water)
-11 examples of each category (22 example cards total)

Ecological Succession (Set of 24)

-2 category cards (ex. Primary Succession and Secondary Succession)
-11 examples of each category (22 example cards total)

Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures (Set of 36)
-3 category cards (ex. Element, Compound, Mixture)
-3 definitions (one for each category card)
-10 examples of each category (30 example cards total)

Energy Transformations (Set of 24)
-Guitar
-Solar Panel
-Flashlight
-Photosynthesis
-Wind Turbine
-Nuclear Power Plant
-Lamp
-Lawnmower
-Eating an Apple
-Hair Dryer
-MP3 Player
-Campfire

Human Body Systems (Set of 40)
-10 Body System Cards
-10 Body System Pictures Cards
-10 Body System Functions Cards
-10 Body System Structures Cards (3 structures per body system)

Lab Safety (Set of 24)

-2 category cards (ex. Safe Scenarios and Unsafe Scenarios)
-11 examples of each category (22 example cards total)

Metals, Nonmetals, and Metalloids (Set of 24)

-3 category cards (ex. Metals, Nonmetals, and Metalloids)
-3 definitions (one for each category)
-3 examples of properties (one for each category)
-5 examples of each category (15 example cards total)

Net Force (Set of 24)

-2 category cards (ex. Balanced Forces and Unbalanced Forces)
-11 examples of each category (22 example cards total)

Newton's Laws of Motion (Set of 36)
-3 category cards (ex. Newton's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Law)
-3 definitions (one for each category card)
-10 examples with pictures of each law (30 example cards total)

Observations and Inferences (Set of 24)
-Observation and Inference category card
-Definition of Observation and Inference
-10 examples with pictures of Observations
-10 examples with pictures of Inferences

Physical and Chemical Changes and Properties (Set of 28)
-4 category cards (ex. Physical Change, Chemical Change, etc.)
-4 definitions (one for each category card)
-5 examples of each category (20 example cards total)

Plate Boundaries (Set of 24)

-3 category cards (ex. Convergent Boundaries, Divergent Boundaries, and Transform Boundaries)
-3 definitions (one for each category)
-3 arrow diagram cards (one for each category)
-3 plate diagram cards (one for each category)
-3 features formed cards (one for each category)
-3 examples of each category (9 example cards total)


Potential and Kinetic Energy (Set of 32)
-2 Category Cards (Potential and Kinetic)
-2 Definitions (Potential and Kinetic)
-14 Examples with pictures of Potential Energy
-14 Examples with pictures of Kinetic Energy

Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources (Set of 24)
-2 Category Cards (Renewable and Nonrenewable)
-2 Definition Cards (Renewable and Nonrenewable)
-10 Examples of Renewable Resources with pictures
-10 Examples of Nonrenewable Resources with pictures

Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration (Set of 36)
-3 category cards (ex. Speed, Velocity, Acceleration)
-3 definitions (one for each category card)
-10 examples of each category (30 example cards total)

Characteristics of Living Organisms (Set of 36)
-8 category cards (ex. Prokaryote, Eukaryote, Multicellular, Unicellular, Asexual Reproduction, Sexual Reproduction, Autotroph, Heterotroph)
-8 definitions (one for each category card)
-20 different organisms to sort and categorize

Symbiotic Relationships (Set of 24)
-3 category cards (ex. Mutualism, Commensalism, Parasitism)
-3 definitions (one for each category card)
-6 examples of each category (18 example cards total)

Moon Phases (Set of 32)
-8 category cards (ex. New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Third/Last Quarter, Waning Crescent)
-8 Moon Phases Pictures (one for each category card)
-8 Diagram Cards of Sun, Earth, and Moon locations
-8 Description Cards

Kingdoms of Life (Set of 36)
-6 Kingdom category cards (ex. Plantae, Animalia, Protista, Fungi, Archaebacteria, Eubacteria)
-6 description cards (one for each Kingdom category card)
-24 different organisms to sort (4 organisms for each Kingdom)

Simple Machines (Set of 36)
-6 Simple Machine category cards (ex. Pulley, Lever, Inclined Plane, Screw, Wheel and Axle)
-6 description cards (one for each Simple Machine category card)
-24 different Simple Machines to sort (4 for each type of Simple Machine)

Inherited and Acquired Characteristics (Set of 24)
-2 category cards (ex. Inherited Characteristics and Acquired Characteristics)
-2 definitions (one for each category card)
-10 examples of each category (20 example cards total)

Inner and Outer Planets (Set of 20)
-2 category cards (ex. Inner Planets and Outer Planets)
-2 characteristics cards (one for each category card)
-8 planet cards with picture (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune)
-8 planet description cards (one card for each planet)

Galaxies (Set of 24)
-3 category cards (ex. Spiral, Elliptical, and Irregular)
-3 definitions (one for each category card)
-6 examples of each category (18 example cards total)

Types of Rocks (Set of 24)
-3 category cards (ex. Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic)
-3 definitions (one for each category card)
-6 examples of each category (18 example cards total)

Weather and Climate (Set of 24)

-2 category cards (ex. Weather and Climate)
-11 examples of each category (22 example cards total)

Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition (Set of 24)

-3 category cards (ex. Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition)
-3 definitions (one for each category card)
-6 examples of each category (18 example cards total)

Work (Set of 24)

-2 category cards (ex. Work and No Work)
-11 examples of each category (22 example cards total)




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