This month we worked on categorization and classification in room 10. Classification is the skill of grouping objects that are alike: fruits, animals, things that are red, school supplies, etc. Categorization is looking at a group of objects and identifying the overarching group.

We started with a book called Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins.

Five Creatures

The book is about the daily life of the family, describing their interests, personal habits, and activities by dividing the family (2 parents, 1 child, and 2 cats) into a variety of categories. There are creatures with fur, and creatures with hair. There are creatures who like fish, and creatures who don’t. There are creatures who are tall, and creatures who are short. There are so many different categories within one family unit! We read the book as a class and talked about all of the different categories we saw. It was a nice way for students to see the flexibility of categories. Each family member was part of many different categories!

Another great book to use for categorization is Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, by Melanie Watt.

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend

The categories in this book are easy to spot. Several times during the book there are pages of “Things scaredy Squirrel is afraid of” or “Animals that bite” or “Things dogs like”. In class I paused before turning those pages, and we brainstormed what might be included in each category. Then we turned the page, and compared our ideas to the list that Scaredy Squirrel used. The Scaredy Squirrel books are all a hoot, and any of them could be used to work on naming items in a category.

The last book we used was “Yum!” by Colin McNaughton.


There was one main category in this book: jobs. Preston Pig has a conversation with Mr. Wolf, because Mr. Wolf is hungry and wants to eat. Preston asks Mr. Wolf why he doesn’t just get a job and buy all the food he wants, but Mr. Wolf doesn’t know what job he wants to do. The rest of the book is Preson suggesting different jobs that Mr. Wolf could do (soccer player, astronaut, teacher, pirate, chef) and Mr. Wolf imagining how he could eat pigs while doing that job. We brainstormed a list of jobs before we read the book, and then added to our list whenever we found one in the book that we hadn’t thought of during our brainstorm.

For more activities and ideas for how to work on categorization and classification at home, check out The Budget SLP’s 20+ Resources for Classification and Categorization. There’s a treasure trove of ideas here, including some online categorization games that kids can play, and links to printables that can be used to practice at home.