Thursday, November 12, 2015

Science Sort: Solids, Liquids, Gases

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.  

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