Monday, July 10, 2017

Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn

Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn (2017)
Every once in a while I find a book that doesn’t really work for storytime, but works so well for programs and extension activities (and presumably classroom use) that I just have to include it. Sam sorts is one of those books. Probably best shared one on one or in small groups, it’s a wonderful exploration of similarities, differences, sorting, counting, and grouping. So it’s great for encouraging both early literacy, and numeracy. Sam’s things are in a messy heap—time to sort them out!

Themes/topics: counting, messes, organization, cleaning your room, mustaches

Sample text from a page that shows a Venn diagram and the following spread:
Spider rock joins the other rocks.  Sam’s favorite rock is the round one. He looks for more round things. Two of the buttons are exactly the same. What else comes in twos?

Another way Sam makes a pair is by finding a rhyme. Some things match because they have stripes. A few have dots or holes. Only one has checks. The snake is striped AND green...

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