Classify, Count, and Graph with Shapes

  • Kindergarten
  • Math
  • 45 minutes
  • Standards: K.MD.B.3
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August 12, 2015
by Sharon Schellenberg

Your students will love classifying shapes into groups with this simple coloring and graphing lesson. It includes a bunch of fun worksheets and a song to keep young mathematicians engaged.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to count and classify shapes into categories.

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Lesson

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell your students to stand up if they have brown hair.
  • Tell your students to stand up if they have blue eyes.
  • Ask your students to think of another category.
  • Tell your students that categories are ways of sorting things.
  • Gather your students where they can see the interactive whiteboard.
  • Play the Shapes Song video.
  • Tell your students that they will be learning to categorize and graph shapes.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Tell your students to form a circle.
  • Scatter the shape cards in the center.
  • Ask your students to quickly tell you how many squares they see.
  • Ask your students why it was not easy to quickly determine the number.
  • Invite your students to take turns helping you organize the cards by their shapes into rows.
  • Ask your students to quickly tell you how many squares, triangles, and circles they see.
  • Ask your students to describe what they see in terms of more, less, and the same.
  • Tell your students that they just categorized the cards by their shapes.
  • Now invite your students to organize the cards by their colors.
  • Tell your students that they just categorized the cards by their colors.
  • Ask your students how many red, blue, and green cards they see.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Display the Shape and Color cards on the whiteboard.
  • Ask your students to describe what they see.
  • Ask your students to name different ways the shapes could be classified.
  • Read the first question.
  • Invite a student to write the answer on the line.
  • Continue with the other questions while having different students come up and write in the answers.
  • Advance to the Graph the Colors worksheet on the whiteboard.
  • Explain how to count the colors and then put big X’s in the squares to show how many there are.
  • Invite some volunteers to help fill in the graph on the whiteboard.
  • Invite your students to compare and contrast the number of colors based on the graph.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Display the Count and Classify worksheet on the whiteboard.
  • Explain how to complete the worksheet.
  • Hand out the worksheet and have students work on it independently.
  • Observe and support your students as they work.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Above level students should draw a picture using shapes and colors and then create a graph to go with it.
  • Support: Struggling students could be given simple clues as they work.

Technology Integration

Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • During Guided Practice, look for students who are participating.
  • During Independent Working Time, look for students who are following directions and focusing on their own work.
  • Your students should be able to color the shapes in the correct colors.
  • Your students should be able to count and record the number of shapes on the graph.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Ask your students to describe what a category is.
  • Ask your students to describe what a graph is.
  • Ask your students to think of other things that could be graphed.

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