# Sorting Children

## Curriculum Goal

#### 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).

## Context

• Students begin by standing in the middle of the carpet. The teacher stands facing them.

## Materials

• No materials needed.

## Lesson

• 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.

## Look Fors

• 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?

## Related Lessons

Organize and interpret data using two different styles of graphs.

Sort and organize Smarties based on their characteristics.