When students develop their reasoning about the critical attributes of something, there are many benefits:
*Deepens understanding of content knowledge!
*Improves long-term memory for key vocabulary and concepts!
*Enhances ability to problem solve!
This is a collection of 20 Smart Notebook slides. These activities require students to look for similarities and differences, and to find relationships among groups of numbers or objects. This classification activity is called a “low floor and high ceiling” task. This means, some students may choose quite simple statements about the groups, while other students can identify more complex relationships. This makes for quick and easy differentiation!
These can be great math warm-ups or even quick “sponge” activities. Each slide takes about 10 minutes.
1. Provide the students with 2-3 minutes to look at the slide. You can have them record their thinking on paper or dry-erase boards.
2. Call on individual students to explain their thinking. Require students to use specific, detailed language when describing the similarities and differences of attributes.
3. Try to use the sentence framework “All the rest _______, but _____ does not.”
The first two slides are more simple and can be used to introduce the process and routine that you will be using. You can use these slides in any order. You will be inspired to create your own activites, depending on your unit of study. This thinking can be used in all content areas.
There is no answer key! There are so many possible answers