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Sorting Boards with Storyboards

By Natasha Lupiani

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Sorting is a critical and fundamental skill required in many different subjects, including Math and English. These types of activities help teach children how things are alike and how they are different. There are multiple approaches to teach sorting activities in the classroom. Creating storyboards enables students to add a visual component to any sorting activity.

A sorting board has many variations, but typically they have at least two categories or classifications that the students have to divide items into. Depending on the students’ ages and abilities, there may be more than two categories.



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Sorting Board Activity Options

There are many variations when it comes to sorting boards in general. There are also different ways of incorporating storyboards into your sorting boards!

Teacher Created, Student User

The teacher created, student user option is ideal for students who have basic computer skills and are familiar with Storyboard That. With this concept, the teacher would create the sorting board ahead of time and share it with the students to use on the computer in Storyboard That.

Here is a basic example of the type of board the teacher would create for the students to complete. It was created using the Traditional layout with three cells.

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The students would drag the items from the middle cell into the correct cell on either side. To submit their work, they can save and print it or the teacher can check their work on the computer.

Teacher Created Printable Sorting Boards

More often than not, a sorting board activity is a hands-on approach with the students physically placing the items in the correct categories. This type of approach is ideal for younger students or students who are not as well verse with computers.

Using the Traditional layout, this storyboard should be four cells. In the example below, students will be sorting colored objects, such as craft pom-poms.

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Of course the number of cells, layouts, and titles can be created to best fit whatever type of sorting objects you are using!

Teacher tip: If it’s a sorting board that can be used repetitively, laminate it. It will last a lot longer.

Teacher Guided, Student Created

This type of activity is great for students who are capable of a little more abstract thinking. The students would need to have some independent computer skills or at least sufficient enough with minimal teacher intervention. The idea behind this sorting activity is for the teachers to either give the students a list of items for them to create a sorting board, creating the categories on their own, or to give the students the categories and have them come up with their own objects that fit in the categories. This encourages a higher level of thinking.

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