058 – Classification Exercise

  1. Look at a selection of crisps (or any other snacks with multiple flavours). 
  2. Discuss the similarities and differences among them (eg. brand, flavour, country of production). 
  3. Categorise these packets into groups (eg. flavoured/unflavored, costs £2 and above/less than £2).
  4. 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: 

  • Race
  • Language
  • Religion
  • Class
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Locations

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