Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sorting aka K.MD.3

So we are up to the last part of the Measurement and Data domain:  K.MD.3.

Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category.

Explanation: classify objects into given categories; count the number of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.  Keep it to 10 or less.

Seems pretty simple, right?

My young students loved to sort objects; my older students seemed to think it was boring.  Glad this one is only one standard.  The bear families we just used for the Three Bears story come in handy here for sorting; you can use color, size, or a combination of both. 

But isn't it more fun to sort real things?  Give the students a challenge by giving them less obvious objects to sort.  Need your collage drawer organized? Perfect opportunity to use as a learning experience for this standard.  What about bringing in a literacy connection? Are your book baskets getting a little disorganized? This age can easily separate fiction from non-fiction just by looking at the pictures.

Grab a bag of buttons from the craft store. Let them come up with ways to sort them.

 3 Little Firefighters from Amazon

Go outside on a rock hunt; bring them back and let the students explore then sort.  Same thing with leaves, if you live somewhere that the seasons change like I do. 

Liz Sorts It Out from Amazon

This relatively boring standard can turn into a really fun adventure.  Get creative!!!  Of course, once you have your items classified into groups, you can move on to the second part and have them count each group, and place them in quantity order. 


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