This graphic organizer can be used to facilitate instruction on identifying the observable properties of objects.
- Students are given a small collection of objects (buttons, shells, stamps, coins, etc.)
- Give students time (about 5 minutes) to observe their objects and record what they see and feel. Students can record their observations by circling the given words that apply to their objects, and writing in any that are not included.
- I like giving students time to talk with their table mates about what they are observing. That way they can share the language and ideas!
- After observing the objects, students are tasked with choosing a way to sort the objects based on their observations. Students can be given parameters (ie you must have at least 3 groups, or you can have no more than 4 groups, etc.) or be allowed to choose however they would like to sort.
- Students will use the space on the back to record their first way of sorting by partitioning the column into however many groups they made and labeling the groups.
- Example sort:
~ I sorted my objects by my sense of touch:
- Group 1: smooth
- Group 2: bumpy
- Challenge students to come up with 3 different ways to sort their objects!
- Walk around and question students - why did you choose to sort your ______ this way? (metacognition)