Beat the Clock—Sorting Networks

This Beat the Clock—Sorting Networks activity & project also includes:

Can multiple computers sort a list faster than one? Using a network drawn with chalk outside, groups move through the decision network to sort numbers. A series of extension questions come with the lesson and can be used in the same manner as the main activity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Draw out several networks and have groups race against each other
  • Have the class work through the sorting networks in the extension activities
Classroom Considerations
  • Prior to taking the class out to the sorting network, draw it out with chalk
Pros
  • The connection to computers sorting section describes tasks that can be done in the same method and tasks that cannot
  • Includes answers to class discussion items immediately following the questions
Cons
  • Does not include a lesson assessment to determine pupils' understanding
Common Core