Lesson Plan

Categorize It!

By sorting and categorizing different objects, young learners will build important foundational skills. Your students will enjoy playing with different toys and competing some fun worksheets.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Making Categories pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Making Categories pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to sort and categorize objects based on their characteristics.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Begin the lesson with engaging questions, such as: "Were you ever asked to put something in order, like food or clothing? What things did you organize? Why did you need to organize the items?"
  • Explain to students that today they will learn the definitions of "sort" and "categorize" and will learn to sort and how to categorize objects.

Beginning

  • Preview the content-specific vocabulary using examples (displaying different categories) as well as providing definitions in students home language (L1) if possible.

Intermediate

  • Ask students, "Have you ever put things into groups, like your toys or books?" and have them turn and talk to share with a partner.