Why have primary students sort?
Sorting is a very important concept to teach primary students. By sorting, students:
- Learn how things are alike and different
- Develop numerical concepts
- Enhance vocabulary development
- Develop their analytical skills
Sorting and classifying objects not only teaches students about relationships between concepts and attributes, but it also stimulates thinking logically and applying rules. So, let’s get our students sorting!
Each worksheet comes with an I CAN statement (on the worksheet), sorting mat, sort pictures and an answer key. Most sorts come with a challenge question that allows students that are ready additional practice with the concept you are working on.
I usually use these sorts after I have taught a lesson or unit so I mostly use them for assessments. However, I have use these worksheets during reading and math centers. I also use them to review concepts or skills that I have taught in the past.
I always model how to complete each sort first before allowing the students to do it independently. First, I explain the categories. The categories are the concepts they are sorting. Then, I would read and review the vocabulary words to make sure students understand the pictures/photographs.
Last, we go over logistical stuff. We discuss how we shouldn’t cut out all the pictures because we might lose them, so we should cut them out one at a time and how to glue using “dot not a lot” (very important concepts in kindergarten!) and how the boxes are squares so we cut on the line! Since we usually complete sort worksheets, I only have to explain how to use these worksheets once! Color, sort, glue! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
When to use sort worksheets
There are a variety of sorting worksheets across different subjects! There are reading, grammar, math, social studies, social skills, preschool and science. Here are some ideas:
Assessments – At the end of a unit, I have students complete a sorting worksheet to see if they have mastered the skill that I taught them.
Literacy Centers – The phonics worksheets can be used during literacy centers. For the phonics worksheets, you can laminate and put in a center for repeated practice.
Math Centers – Some of the math worksheets you can use in a math center. You can print and laminate and put in a center. You can also have students complete some sorts in their math journals.
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What are some other ways you use sorts in your classroom? Please share in the comment section below. I can’t wait to read your ideas!