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Sorting Networks

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Title:

Sorting Networks

URL:

https://classic.csunplugged.org/sorting-networks/

Content Source:

Other
CSUnplugged
Type: Learning Activity

Overview:

In this activity, students examine how computers sort numbers, gaining an understanding of input, processing, and output.  This activity may be integrated easily across the curriculum as a sorting activity.

This activity was demonstrated during the Exploring Today's Classroom (ETC) Summit.

Content Standard(s):
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 1
1) Classify and sort information into logical order with and without a computer.

Examples: Sort by shape, color, or other attribute; sort A-Z.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will identify various attributes/characteristics of items.
  • will sort items based on an identified attribute/ characteristic.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • attribute
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to identify attributes of items.
  • that attributes are used for sorting.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • identify various attributes of items.
  • sort items based on an identified attribute.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • items can have attributes of varying types.
  • attributes can be used to group items.
  • attributes can be used to sort items and put into a specific order.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 1
2) Order events into a logical sequence or algorithm.

Examples: Unplugged coding activities, sequence of instruction.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will identify and put in order the sequence of events related to a task.
  • will determine when a part of a task is not in the correct order.
  • will observe a sequence of events to identify a problem.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • sequence
  • tasks
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • sequence of events are important in certain tasks.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • identify the correct sequence of events for a specific task.
  • identify a part of a task that is in the incorrect order.
  • identify a problem within a sequence of tasks.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • the sequence of events is important to complete a specific task.
  • if the task identified does not work the sequence may not be correct.
  • they can change the sequence of events to correct a task.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 2
17) Explain the purposes of visible input and output components of digital devices.

Examples: Purpose of keyboard, mouse, ports, printers, etc.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will identify and explain the purpose of visible input and output components.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • input
  • output
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • different computing devices have additional pieces that serve different functions.
  • functions of various input and output components.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • identify the input or output component needed for a job they are doing.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • there are additional components that may or may not be needed to perform a specific tasks such as printer to print paper or a keyboard for entering data.
Tags:
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Comments

In math teachers can use this activity to sort numbers, fractions, and multiplication problems along with the discussion of making sense of the problem and comparing strategies.  This activity can also be used with sequencing a story in reading.

  • This activity sheet may be used to facilitate strategies within your classroom.   
  • This slideshow provides additional examples to integrate this activity within core subject areas.  
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Author: Karen Darroch