10 Large Sorting Card Sets, 12 cards per number
10 Small Sorting Card Sets – Math Center Size
Small Sorting Cards – These cards are great for students to SORT into categories.
Students will be Comparing and Contrasting the cards to see which category
they fit into. Students can also practice Argumentation by stating their claim,
justifying their reasoning and stating their evidence.
Concept Attainment – Teachers can use the large cards for Concept Attainment.
This is a Gifted Strategy that works great for all students.
The teacher does not talk during her mini-lesson but does show students,
by her actions, that she is thinking about every card she is touching. The
teacher will silently pick up one card and tape it to the board. Then randomly
pick up another card, study it, and tape it to the board. Where is it placed?
With a current group or in a new group? As the cards are being placed on the
board students are watching and trying to guess what reasoning is being
used by the teacher. As students catch on they may come up and silently pick
up one card and place it on the board. They will be finding an existing
category that works for their card or if necessary they might have to start a new
category for their card.
When all the cards are gone everyone will join the discussion about why cards are in the category they are in.