- 60 minutes
- Standards: K.MD.B.3
Introduce your class to the concept of sorting with this interactive lesson that encourages participation from your whole class!
Students will be able to sort objects and determine the sorting rule.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Introduce your class to the lesson by telling them that today they will begin to explore math word sorting.
- Define sorting as the action of grouping like objects together.
- Tell your class that they are going to help you with the lesson.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)
- Call up several students who have something similar about them such as clothing, hair color, or shoes.
- Ask your students to guess what is similar about the students. Give them some clues by drawing their attention to the students' similar qualities.
- Explain what your sorting rule for this group was.
- Repeat this process again with another group of students and a new rule.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Give each student a small group of blocks.
- Tell your students that they are now going to sort their blocks and that they should be able to tell you what their sorting rule will is.
- If a student has difficulty, point out the similarities and the differences with the blocks.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- After students have had time to practice their sorting, introduce Animal Jumble.
- Review the instructions, pass out the pencils, and have the students work independently.
- Enrichment: Have your students who have completed their work early or need a challenge work on a computer game such as Cocoa Color Sorting.
- Support: Have the student work with a classmate. Limit the choices for sorting to just a few such as color or size.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Assess informally while watching students sort blocks. Make note of those students that cannot explain how they sorted their blocks.
- Assess the worksheets when completed. Look for areas where sorting is not consistent.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Gather the students together. Ask them what sorting means.
- Let students explain how they sorted their blocks.
- Let one student gather several students together who have something similar and have his classmates guess the rule of sorting.