Reflection: Who Will Choose the Sorting Rule? - Section 2: Guided Practice


You can lose attribute blocks to do this activity, with much less prep work.  You would just make a Promethean flip chart with shapes and colors resembling your attribute blocks.  I couldnt' do that because my school district's sorting assessment for students' report cards is sorting attribute blocks, and I didn't want the activity to be too much like the assessment, especially since we completed another activity with attribute blocks earlier in our unit.

I selected the colors--red, yellow, and neon green--because I could use the colors on the flip chart activity, but also because I could find poster board in those colors.

I chose the shapes, as mentioned before, because some students still have some confusion with the names rectangle, (or triangle, but rectangle is much easier to cut), rhombus, and hexagon.  Finally, I used two sizes, but I kept them small in general, so that the space needed to sort the shapes wouldn't be too large.

The prep work was insane!  It's a good thing I love football, because I sat and cut shapes through 3 football games!  It took forever, but I was being picky, hoping that the shapes would look good enough to laminate for durability.

I went ahead and laminated the shapes, and then re-cut them again, of course!  At one point, I was seriously second-guessing my choice to do such a prep-work intensive activity, but seeing the student engagement during the activity, it was well worth it.  And... the laminating made it so that I can use the shapes again and again!  (If you have volunteers in your class, it would be a good idea to give them the prep work for this one.  They will need plenty of time to get it all cut, though!)

  Whoa! Lots of shapes to cut!
  Whoa! Lots of shapes to cut!
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Who Will Choose the Sorting Rule?

Unit 6: Sorting is Super!
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT sort shapes 3 different ways, determining sorting rules.

Big Idea: A flip chart on the Promethean board and laminated shapes keep student engagement high as they demonstrate their sorting skills.

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