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Lesson Plan

Algebra: Sorting, Representing, and Patterns
Subject: Math
Grade span: K to 2
Duration: 20 to 30 minutes
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Math Centers
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This sample lesson is one example of how you can implement Math Centers. In this activity, students use algebra skills and thinking to sort objects and recognize patterns, relationships, and functions.

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Teaching Tips:

Some students will recognize similarities and differences among objects better than others. As students work to sort their objects, ask questions that will encourage students to discuss their thoughts. For example, if a student is putting different objects together, ask if these objects are the same and why objects are the same or not, to help them understand sorting based on similarities and differences. You may want to model sorting and patterns for students to help them learn.

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