Kindergarten: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour
- Collect, organize, display, and interpret data to solve problems and to communicate information, and explore the concept of probability in everyday contexts (#19).
- Students begin by standing in the middle of the carpet. The teacher stands facing them.
- No materials needed.
- Explain to students that you will be dividing them into two groups, based on 1 characteristic that is the same in each group.
- Divide students into the groups and then ask if anyone has an idea on what that characteristic may be.
- Have students give their ideas. As students do this, ask them to check and verify that their statement is true (e.g. if a child says everyone on this side is wearing pink, ask the whole class to check to make sure).
- Once students have guessed what characteristic you have sorted them by, sort them again based on a different one.
- With the help of the teacher, have students take turns sorting other students based on one characteristic.
- Can children come up with sort characteristics that make sense?
- Do children understand what it means to sort by one characteristic?
- Can children identify what the sorting characteristic is?