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Teacher Pedagogy, Card Sorts, Teaching Methods, STEM Learning, Discourse, Student Centered, Argumentation Cards, Matching Cards, Sequencing Cards, Classifying Cards


Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Methods | Elementary Education | Elementary Education and Teaching | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Science and Mathematics Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development

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Card sorts tend to make students do the “thing” we value most: talk. Beyond making matches, card sorts provide opportunities for students to classify, rank, sequence, and mind map while setting a natural context for argumentation and use of the claim-evidence-reasoning framework. Join me for a series of card sorts to explore how this easy-to-prep tool will encourage your students to reason and think critically. Math and science resources will be shared.

Resources available below for download include all cards used in the training.


Other card activities referenced in this presentation include those incorporated in NGSS lessons. Refer to the following links to locate and download these resources and associated instructional pages:

Previous Versions

Oct 10 2019 (withdrawn)
K-8 Teaching with a Full Deck



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