- Look at a selection of crisps (or any other snacks with multiple flavours).
- Discuss the similarities and differences among them (eg. brand, flavour, country of production).
- Categorise these packets into groups (eg. flavoured/unflavored, costs £2 and above/less than £2).
- Continue to use different characteristics, dividing them until you can single out a packet.
Notes: This exercise is meant to launch a discussion around ways of classification.
Questions: What is your favourite music/food? Does it matter that everyone likes different things? What makes it different? All answers would refer to the process of classification, in this example – to ways of identifying different types of chips/music/food. Explain that classification is something we do on a daily basis as this is a process that helps us understand the world around us better. However, classification can easily become negative discrimination.
List of distinctions in humans that we could identify as a form of Classification: