Session at a Glance

Topic Description Estimated Time (In Minutes)
Arrival Activity Students discuss at their tables the various ways that they can sort the dogs in the picture on the Arrival Activity slide. 10
Welcome, Announcements, and Agenda Give a general overview of the session and any relevant announcements, and provide time for sharing. 20
Math Focus: Sets and Sorting Students explore the big ideas about sets and sorting and consider classroom practices that support children’s understanding of these ideas. They watch and discuss an Erikson video of a classroom sorting activity and play “Guess My Rule” people sort. 30
Science Focus: Sink and Float Students participate in the exemplar activity: Sink and Float. The concept of a Learning Cycle is introduced, and the Engage/Explore/Reflect format of the exemplar activity guides is explained. 80
Looking Ahead to Next Session Discuss the homework and reading assignment to be completed before next session, and address the materials that the students will be responsible for bringing. 10


Student Learning Goals

  • Apply mathematical concept of sorting to a variety of real-life experiences.
  • Apply scientific inquiry processes to exploration of sink and float activities.
  • Understand the Engage/Explore/Reflect learning cycle format of the exemplar activity guides.
Student instructors joyfully sorting items in a sink or float experiment.