July 28, 2015
by Linda MacDonald

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Sorting Fun!

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Students will be able to sort objects and determine the sorting rule.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.

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