Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Super Sorter! - Multiple Attribute Sorting with a Venn Diagram - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


In creating this lesson, I really wanted to challenge my students' sorting skills by having them sort by multiple attributes.  The students did so well with the Venn Diagram lessons, that I figured they would easily transfer this knowledge to this lesson.  This was one of those cases where I assumed too much.  Many students really struggled to look beyond a single attribute.  It took a lot of guidance to help the students complete the sorts.  I was tempted to leave the lesson and not return to the topic again, but I then I gave it further thought.  There were many students who got the concept and several more who I knew were close to grasping the concept.  They deserved another chance at it, so I created the next lesson, Return of the Super Sorter that is included in this unit.

Sorting by multiple attributes is an important skill.  I coach Knowledge Bowl and the same day I taught this lesson, my fifth and sixth grade students were challenged with a question.  Name the set that contains numbers between 1 and 20 that are both prime and odd.  This was an advanced problem that deals with multiple attributes.  I think it is important for students to have exposure to the concept of multiple attributes, even if it is not a mastery level Common Core Standard for Kindergarten.

  Super Sorter-Multiple Attribute Sorting with a Venn Diagram
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Super Sorter-Multiple Attribute Sorting with a Venn Diagram
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Super Sorter! - Multiple Attribute Sorting with a Venn Diagram

Unit 5: Sorting, Graphing, and Patterning
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to sort items with multiple attributes by using a Venn Diagram.

Big Idea: Understanding multiple attributes is an important mathematical process. The students use their knowledge of Venn Diagrams in this lesson to gain more knowledge about this concept.

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