If you have followed me for any length of time, you know I LOVE using concepts sorts to get students talking and for ME to check for misconceptions. This solids, liquids, and gases sort was no different--except I took a slightly different approach today!
We have NOT started this unit yet--this lesson was the kickoff. I wanted to hear the students talking about what they know to be true--AND what they BELIEVE to be true! We started by getting our sort cards prepared...
The students worked in trios and started having discussions about what the items were--and where they believed they belonged. (Sand? A liquid? I had to hear more..."It pours." Misconception #1)
After the groups took about 10 minutes preparing and sorting their cards, it was time for a gallery walk. Each team traveled to check out the other groups to see what they had done--and to see if there were any cards they questioned.
I gave each trio 2 sticky flags that they had to judiciously use...they only got two. They placed them on the two cards they thought we should talk about. (You'll notice that the "sand" was a big question! So were pudding, pillow, and steam.)
We then argued (I mean had quality academic discourse) about some of the tricky ones. I gave no answers (remember, this is day 1!) and I had each group put all of their sort pieces into an envelope to revisit after we have learned a bit more!
Interested in seeing the resource? You could EASILY do this on your own, but if you want everything put together in a neat and tidy package with directions and a quick assessment, here's the link.