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Book Sorting: Using Observation and Comprehension to Categorize Books
|Grades||K – 2|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Two 30-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- A variety of fiction and nonfiction books from the classroom library
- Unlined paper and writing materials
- Internet access for supplementary and follow-up activities
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.
There are really no "wrong answers" in Book Sorting, though it is important that students justify their sorting choices. Some things to look for as students sort:
- Are they sorting largely by illustration, or are they considering book topics and content?
- When sorting by illustration, are they looking at lower-order criteria, such as color, size and shape, or are they looking at more critical details of the illustrations?
- Are they making inferential sorting choices?
- Are students spontaneously recognizing that some books will fit into more than one category?