Technology Enhanced Item ClassificationIntroducing the third of five new Technology-Enhanced Items: Classification!

Our Technology Enhanced Items Showcase is gaining momentum (and our developers are working hard to craft more new items for teachers to utilize in their lessons each day).

Exposing students to a question type like Classification gives them an early opportunity to see relationships between a significant number of things ranging from objects to processes to causality. Understanding how things are related, and placed into categories and subcategories, ushers in a new level of thinking that parallels Bloom’s Taxonomy Synthesis Level.  

See Classification in action!


TEI Classification 

Standards & Learning Objectives Covered

Grade 5 » Geometry


Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.

Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.

What You Want Students To Do

Identify the properties of quadrilaterals based on images that display minor properties. Drag and drop the correct images into their appropriate category/class. 

Pedagogical Value

Help students begin the process of fully meeting Grade 5 Geometry standards concerning classification and property relationships. 

Allow students to understand relationships between geometric shapes and where they fit within the quadrilateral hierarchy.  


Classification is not limited to Math assessments. It can be used in ELA and Next Generation Science Standards.

Grading = auto-scoring 

Creating a Classification Question

Below I’ll cover step-by-step how you can create a Classification question to add to your technology-enhanced assessments. *Click each image for an enlarged view. 

The question featured in the following example:

Identify the following quadrilaterals

Step 1

Step 2

From your dashboard click on the main menu button (≡) to access Assessments. From there, click on + New Assessment and then Create New Assessment. 

Make sure you’re on the correct subject and grade level—and then select the standard you’d like to create an assessment for. In this example make sure you’ve selected the following:

Math – Common Core; Grade 5; Geometry; CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.G.B.3.

Step 3

Step 4

After clicking Create, choose Classification from the interactive question types list.

Start by creating your main question with the Text Editor. From the example above enter: 

Identify the following quadrilaterals

Step 5

Step 6

This next step is two part.

1. Enter your Class Names (text only).

2. Drag and drop your class names into the answer area by using the arrow icon. You can readjust the size and area each Class Name encompasses.  

Enter your Drop Values. In this example I’ve uploaded images of the geometric shapes. You also have the option of adding equations or text. 

Step 7

Step 8

Like the Class Names, you can use the arrows icon to drag and drop your Drop Values into their correct classes. Feel free to readjust the sizes once again. 

This final step is the question preview from the student’s perspective. You can answer the question to make sure everything is working properly. 

Hey! I am first heading line feel free to change me

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