Identify, Sort, Classify
- Why should I learn this?
Encourage children to tell how they use sorting, such as when they go to the library and want to find a book, or when they want a specific item at a store. You might point out how much easier it is for them to find a book on animals when the books are sorted into categories. Or, you might ask what would happen if the dishes weren't sorted into size and shape when they were stacked in the cupboard.
- Can I sort these another way?
Provide sets of items for the children to sort. Encourage children to tell you one way to sort the set, which will probably be the obvious way. Then ask the children to look again and see if the items might be alike in some other way. Allow time for lots of exercises such as this, as they offer great problem-solving opportunities.
- Why are some things easier to sort than others?
Some things have fewer attributes, such as blocks that have only a few colors. Other things, such as vegetables have many ways they can be sorted, such as by color, size, shape, taste, smell, and so on.