teaching resource

Think It or Say It? - Sorting Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 6

Practice using a filter when speaking with others with this sorting activity.

Learning Social Rules

Discovering social rules, such as using a filter when speaking with others, can be tough for young children. They must be taught that before they speak, they must consider how their words might affect another person.

Use this resource when teaching your students the social skill of “think it” or “say it”.

How to Use This Sorting Activity in the Classroom

Students will read a thought on a task card, decide whether it should be kept inside their head (think it) or if it can be said out loud (say it), and place it on the appropriate mat. This activity can be done in small groups or as a whole-class activity.

This resource includes:

  • 1 x ‘Think It’ mat
  • 1 x ‘Say It’ mat
  • 22 scenario cards
  • 8 blank cards.

We have created a set of sorting mats on Tabloid size for those of you wanting to use it as a whole-class activity. Simply hang them on the board, read a task card out loud, talk about it, and hang it on the appropriate mat.

We have also created a cut-and-paste sorting activity if you would like for your students to complete it independently as a pre-assessment.

And lastly, we have created an Interactive Google slide version to use with your students virtually. Use the drop-down menu to choose the option that works best for you and your students.

Before You Download

Use the dropdown menu located on the Download button to choose between the task cards, sorting mats, or the Google slides version of the resource.


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