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 and teacher are in a seated circle on the carpet.
- 3 different coloured hula hoops to correspond with the colours of sorting materials
- Different coloured leaves or any other material that can be sorted by colour
- Introduce the lesson by laying the three hula hoops flat on the ground (not overlapping).
- Ask students, How many hoops do I have? What colour are they?
- Without actually showing students the leaves, ask students, Which leaves would be placed in the yellow, green, and red hoop?
- Keeping the hoops apart (not overlapping), one at a time distribute one solid-coloured leaf to each child.
- Have the child place the leaf in the appropriate hoop (e.g. red leaf would go into the red hoop etc.) Ask students to justify their decisions.
- Then, begin to hand out leaves consisting of two colours.
- Ask, Which hoop does this leaf belong in if it is both yellow and green?
- Give students the opportunity to ponder which hoop the leaf should be placed in.
- Some students may express that the leaf should be placed in between two hoops.
- Ask students, How could we arrange the hoops so that the leaf could be sorted as both yellow and green?
- Students may suggest that the hoops be overlapped. If not, hint at the idea.
- Modify the three hoops so that they are now overlapping (see image above).
- Continue to hand out multi-coloured leaves and have children sort them. If children do not put their leaf in the correct place, leave it.
- Once all the leaves are sorted, ask children, Are there any leaves in wrong place?
- If so, discuss why a particular leaf may be placed in one section over another.
- Do children understand the idea of sorting by different attributes?
- Can children explain their sorting decisions?
- What techniques do children use when sorting? Can they easily sort by more than one colour?