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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.
(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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