The YES/NO Sorting Game

posted Nov 16, 2012, 3:37 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Nov 16, 2012, 3:38 AM ]
Lat week I played a sorting game with the students. I call it the YES/NO game but the proper name is called CONCEPT ATTAINMENT. We played this game using shoes. I come up with a sorting rule in my head. I then proceed to sort the shoes into two groups:
1. Yes examples: Shoes that follow my sorting rule (for example have velcro).
2. No examples: Shoes that do not follow my sorting rule (shoes that don't have any velcro on them).
Students are not allowed to talk during this activity (so not to influence anyone else's thinking). At one point they get to share their  guesses as to what the sorting rule is with a partner. After I sorted most of the shoes, I saved several shoes as TESTERS. I then had students vote (with their thumbs) as to whether the shoe belonged in the YES group or NO group. 

Grade 1s need to sort objects using one attribute and Grade 2s need to be able to sort objects using two attributes (using a Venn Diagram). This is a fun little game to try at home!