In a Concept Attainment lesson, students are given examples and non-examples of a concept — without knowing what that concept is. They look for patterns to try to explain *why* the examples are grouped into two categories. In the end, you reveal the reasons as well as the academic vocabulary, the names of the concepts.

- Give students three examples in column A, then three in column B.
- Allow students to think, then discuss with a group or partner.
- Give students three more
*ungrouped*examples down the middle. - Students predict where these will go, again discussing with a partner or group.
- You reveal the true groupings.
- Have a whole group discussion in which students attempt to describe how they made their predictions.
- Reveal the real differences in the columns.
- Reveal the academic vocabulary.
- Students can then practice the concept with a worksheet or textbook.