Concept Sort

Type of strategy: AssessmentBrainstorming and DiscussionClosings and Wrap UpCollaborationProcessingWriting and/or Reflection

Learning styles: ES: Extraversion and SensingIS: Introversion and Sensing

Activity to help students demonstrate understanding of a concept or clarify misconceptions of a concept.


Determine the main concepts from a lesson. Then assign each concept a different color index card.  (You could use white index cards and put a colored line across the top.) Each student/participant gets one of each color card. Then they write what they understood or ask a question about each concept on the appropriate color index card. In a small group (4-5) they sort the cards by color and each student takes one of the colors, reads through the cards, sorts like ideas and then shares out their colored index card understandings or questions. If there are questions then the group tries to answer the questions.  

Another way this could be done is that after the students write down their understandings or questions, the teacher/instructor can collect them, sort them and analyze and summarize the information on the cards. They can then clarify any common misconceptions or questions that were asked. 

Tip: Post a chart showing the color of the card next to the concept it represents. 

This was taken from and adapted from the Keeping Learning on Track techniques.

Submitted by: Amy Isackson