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Classify, Count, and Graph with Shapes

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

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(10 minutes)
• Tell your students to form a circle.
• 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.
(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.
(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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