Math Station #1: Sort by One Attribute

Skill/Content and Objective:

Materials:

"As part of sorting, children must recognize and describe the attributes of an object, such as color, shape, and size. Then children must group the object with objects that share the same attribute or attributes. This requires that children identify similarities and differences in order to tell which objects belong and which do not belong. Matching and sorting objects by one attribute lays the foundation for patterning, which is a basic part of algebra." (ETA/ Cuisenaire, 92).

When you sort, you put things into groups with other things that are the same.

Note: Remind children in each step that they are only sorting by one attribute.

1. Sort the blocks by color. Place the blocks into the corresponding sorting circles by color. Have children check that the blocks were sorted correctly. Then clear the sorting circles and put all of the blocks into a pile.

2. Sort the blocks by size. Ask children how many sorting circles they will need for this activity (two - one for large blocks, one for small blocks). Then have children sort the shapes by size.

3. Sort the blocks by shape. Ask children how many sorting circles they will need for this activity (three - one for circles, one for triangles, and one for squares). Then have children sort by shape.

Differentiation Suggestions:

Assessment: Formative:

Reference:

ETA/ Cuisenaire. (2006). Hands-On Standards, Deluxe Edition: The First Source for Introducing Math Manipulatives (PreK - K). Vernon Hills, Illinois: ETA Cuisenaire. Pages 92 and 93.

Skill/Content and Objective:

- Sort geometric shaped attribute blocks by one attribute
- Sort, classify, compare

Materials:

- Attribute blocks (3 small and 3 large of each of the following shapes in yellow, red, and blue: circle, square, and triangle)
- Additional materials for sorting (small plastic animals, foam shapes, pom poms)
- Three sorting circles (red, yellow, and blue)
- Recording sheets
- Markers and/or crayons and/or colored pencils

"As part of sorting, children must recognize and describe the attributes of an object, such as color, shape, and size. Then children must group the object with objects that share the same attribute or attributes. This requires that children identify similarities and differences in order to tell which objects belong and which do not belong. Matching and sorting objects by one attribute lays the foundation for patterning, which is a basic part of algebra." (ETA/ Cuisenaire, 92).

When you sort, you put things into groups with other things that are the same.

Note: Remind children in each step that they are only sorting by one attribute.

1. Sort the blocks by color. Place the blocks into the corresponding sorting circles by color. Have children check that the blocks were sorted correctly. Then clear the sorting circles and put all of the blocks into a pile.

2. Sort the blocks by size. Ask children how many sorting circles they will need for this activity (two - one for large blocks, one for small blocks). Then have children sort the shapes by size.

3. Sort the blocks by shape. Ask children how many sorting circles they will need for this activity (three - one for circles, one for triangles, and one for squares). Then have children sort by shape.

Differentiation Suggestions:

- Have children sort the assorted materials by one attribute (small plastic animals, foam shapes)

Assessment: Formative:

- I Can List/ recording sheet

Reference:

ETA/ Cuisenaire. (2006). Hands-On Standards, Deluxe Edition: The First Source for Introducing Math Manipulatives (PreK - K). Vernon Hills, Illinois: ETA Cuisenaire. Pages 92 and 93.

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