Lesson 1: Sorting in More than One Way
Lesson Plan
 Learning Goal
 Classify and categorize similar items in several ways.
 Explain how similar items were classified and categorized.
 Duration
 Approximately 50 minutes
 Necessary Materials
 Provided: Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: 10 familiar classroom books

Teacher Modeling
will explain that we can sort books in many different ways. I will show ten examples of books previously read aloud and sort the books into two categories: fiction and nonfiction. I will then take the same books and sort them into two different categories: books with animals and books without animals.

Think Check
Ask: How did I sort the books into two different categories? Students should respond that you first identified your groups. You then looked at each individual book and decided which group it was most similar to or fit into the best.

Guided Practice
will identify another way the ten books can be sorted. For example, we might be able to sort the books according to reading level or hardcover and paperback.

Independent Practice
will look at book examples and sort the books in various ways. You will write an explanation of how you sorted the books each time. (Student Independent Practice is provided below in Teacher and Student Materials.) Note: You will need to provide students with a variety of books to sort for the Independent Practice.
TIP: Challenge your students by having a contest to see who can sort the books in the Independent Practice the most ways.
Texts & Materials
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