4 kids, the age of 2,5.
The aim- to compare objects.
Thinking aim- comparing the objects and develop language skills. To start stepping in to technology of comparison.
Compare things by one attribute. A kid gets a set of bears (different by size and color). They are asked to make a group of their favorite teddy bears.

The children are working on a light table individually or by two.
This task helps to begin a thinking task in early childhood class and step in to the Thinking Approach. Now the adaptation in our class is over, so we can start working.

1. Starting the activity
2. The first chid picked up all the teddy bears and put them in the heap
3. The second child picks up teddy bears of different sizes and puts them in a row.
4. The second child picks up teddy bears of different sizes and puts them in a row.

#### Comments

# Alexander Sokol 2011-01-26 21:14
Giedre,
if you send me the pictures and formulate the task, I will be happy to post them for you to the Materials section.
Can you please describe how the task went with your kids?
# Alexander Sokol 2011-01-31 18:30
Giedre,
now, when the pictures are here, let me specify if I got you right.
What you want to teach the kids is comparing on the basis of a given parameter (eg size). If so, why is the task to choose their favourite teddy bears? Can you please explain?
I'd also like to ask you to comment on how the kids did the task and how you evaluate the results.
Thanks.
# Giedre Juodyte 2011-01-31 19:13
Yes, this is how it needs to look.
The first of all, the kids were not told what to pick the favorite, they got the bears and they were making the compering with no instructions, my mistake in writing reflection.
They just got what they want. It let me and my college, to follow how differently they are acting and what findings they make during open ended task.
According the age, this age group is usually sorting things by one attribute. The task showed, that 2 of 4 kids are sorting according one attitude, and the others are creating their group. We repeated the same task one more time and the kids did the same- they created the same group (all the little bears, all the bears with now sorting and e.t.c. )
Now we now we are planing- to put a new kind of teddy bears and see how they the kids are changing the action with a new conditions (to but one bear which is at all not fits to any group) and ask why they are picking or not a bear which looks different.
The problem- not all off the kids are able to answer (the vocabulary is still very small), but from the observations they are making we can prepare new individual tasks. We hope the sorting task will let us to prepare for a new thinking task- to create a comparison (This red apple is the same red like my car), later to work on riddles and other language tasks.
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