Friday, February 4, 2011

Reading Strategy–Classify and Categorize

Classifying and categorizing is another reading strategy that helps us make sense of what we read.

This week we worked on classifying and categorizing (we sometimes called it sorting) a variety of things – and not just what we found in books.

We read two books that helped us discuss sorting and classifying:

Wheels Wings RigbyWhose Baby Rigby

Both of these are big books from our literacy program. 

In Wheels, Wings, and Other things, we talked about transportation and different ways we can move around.  After reading the book and discussing what we had learned in it, we cut pictures out of magazines and sorted (classified) transportation for a class poster.  Unfortunately, we don’t have a picture of the great work students did.

We also read Whose Baby? this week.  We first matched the baby animals with their mothers, and then we classified the animals according to where they live or can be found most frequently—land, air, or water.   You may have seen a sorting activity related to this come home as homework this week!

To help us classify in these books, and in other work this week, we used these questions to guide us:

  • How are these ideas alike? How are the ideas different?
  • Which ideas belong together?
  • How are the ideas related?
  • How would you group the facts from the selection?

What things can be sorted or classified at your house?  Can you classify things in the kitchen?  What about things in your closet or dresser?

Happy sorting,


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