Math Sorts - 25 Unique Low-Prep Math Lessons - Math Talk - Math Misconceptions

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This was amazing!! Loved the hands-on aspect rather than just a worksheet approach. This encouraged them to share their thinking.
Having this resource ready for classroom use was a real time saver. My students enjoyed it. Thank you.

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    Interested in helping your students develop their deep math understanding and "math talk"? Are you familiar with math sorts? These ready-to-print, low ink lessons are perfect to reach all the math practice standards! New to math sorts? Full directions and suggestions for use are included complete with photos!

    Many people use "sorts" with their spelling or word work programs, but sorting and categorizing can be extremely effective learning strategies for MANY areas! I have found math sorts to be particularly effective in my math instruction, and I am excited to begin offering some of these sorts to you!

    If you are unfamiliar with how sorts are used, I have included a full blog post with details. This blog post has actual photos that explains EXACTLY how I completed a sort with my own students. Feel free to get creative and try different approaches—but I have given one highly effective and efficient way to do this.

    My students have become masters at critiquing reasoning and using sophisticated math talk as they discuss these sorts--and I have had COUNTLESS teachers tell me that they have used these sorts for their evaluations and have had administrators rave. Why? Because they are engaging for students while promoting best practice in math instruction!

    If you've never used sorts before, I am confident that the series of photos and detailed instructions will get you started--but then get creative and use them in other ways as you see fit. Each sort also comes with a reproducible page on the the topic which can be used as homework, a cooperative activty, or even an assessment. See what you think--this resource has prompted teachers to contact me saying how impressed their administrators were when they used it for an observation lesson--good instruction leads to good things!

    Each of the 5 resources is listed separately below--but this bundle offers them all together at a greatly reduced price! That makes 25 total sorts.


    So what concepts are covered in this bundle?

    Fraction Concepts

    Angle Studies

    Geometry Sorts

    Multiplication Concepts

    Algebra Thinking Concepts


    What do you get?

    *The blog post with full directions

    *The necessary headers and sort cards for each of the 25 sorts

    *A “Show What You Know” sheet that follows the rule of each sort. Use as independent practice or as an assessment after you have done a sort to see what the students know and what they still need to learn. Many of these also ask students to explain their thinking—a key part of the CCSS,

    *Also included with each sort is a page of blank cards if you wish to extend the learning by having students create MORE examples that go in each category. This is a great way to differentiate for more capable learners! See each sort for other differentiation hints!

    Hey--there's no answer key! Why? The important part about doing these sorts is the discussion rather than making sure every answer is instantly correct. Let the students discuss, prove their ideas, and develop understanding!

    *A CCSS alignment sheet to show how these sorts align to the grades 4-5 CCSS. These sorts also tie to other sets of rigorous standards.


    What are people saying?

    "Excellent resource. I used the 'half', 'not half' sort yesterday and it turned out to be one of my best lessons of the year! We spent an hour and 20 minutes on it and the kids were engaged the entire time!"

    "Doing a concept sort is a great way to engage and differentiate instruction for every student.....A great way to engage, differentiate, and evaluate!! I have other sorts from as soon as I saw on Facebook that you had another sort prepared for distribution....I wanted to be the first to grab it. Thank-you for improving my instruction."

    "I used the line/segment sort as a preview to our geometry unit. This was a very challenging activity for my students. It required close attention to detail. It was great to see how many of them could persevere through this challenge. We will be trying the triangle sort next. Thanks for another great resource."

    I hope you find the resource thorough, relevant, and engaging--and that it will push your students to increase the depth of their understanding and their mathematical practices as well.


    All rights reserved by ©The Teacher Studio. Purchase of this resource entitles the purchaser the right to reproduce the pages in limited quantities for single classroom use only. Duplication for an entire school, an entire school system, or commercial purposes is strictly forbidden without written permission from the author at Additional licenses are available at a reduced price.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement:
    An angle is measured with reference to a circle with its center at the common endpoint of the rays, by considering the fraction of the circular arc between the points where the two rays intersect the circle. An angle that turns through 1/360 of a circle is called a “one-degree angle,” and can be used to measure angles.
    Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
    Find all factor pairs for a whole number in the range 1-100. Recognize that a whole number is a multiple of each of its factors. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1-100 is a multiple of a given one-digit number. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1-100 is prime or composite.
    Explain why a fraction 𝘢/𝘣 is equivalent to a fraction (𝘯 × 𝘢)/(𝘯 × 𝘣) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.


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