Students will be able to classify objects into categories based on their attributes.
- Gather your students into a circle and display the cover of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.
- Read the book, placing extra emphasis on the colors and shapes mentioned in the story.
- Tell your students that they will be learning to categorize buttons by their attributes.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling(10 minutes)
- Ask your students to guess what an attribute is.
- Give clues by describing some attributes about yourself.
- Tell your students that an attribute is something that describes someone.
- Scatter the button cards in the circle.
- Invite your students to describe some ways the buttons could be organized.
- Invite each student choose a button card that is near him.
- Go around the circle and ask each student to describe his button card by color, shape, and button holes.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling(15 minutes)
- Tell your students they will play a classification game with the buttons.
- Tell your students that classification is putting things into groups that have the same attributes.
- Tell your students that you will call out an attribute and they will stand and find their friends that have button cards with those same attributes.
- As soon as they find their group, they will sit together and hold their cards in the air.
- Advise your students to avoid yelling and running as they find their groups.
- Begin the game by calling out, "Colors!"
- Your students will look at their button cards, stand up and find friends with the same color buttons.
- As soon as they find their group, they will sit together and hold their button cards in the air.
- Continue the game by calling out, "Shapes!"
- Continue the game by calling out, "Number of holes!"
- Invite your students to trade button cards with a friend, then play the game again.
- Have your students return to the circle with their button cards.
- Tell your students that you will call out a specific attribute. If their button card matches the attribute, they will hold their card up.
- Play by calling out different attributes: e.g. yellow, blue, four holes, and so on.
- Tell your students you will call out two attributes.
- If their card matches both attributes, they will hold their card in the air.
- Play by calling out the following: red + four holes, green + four holes, pink + triangle, blue + square.
- Continue the game by inviting students to call out their own attributes.
Independent Working Time(15 minutes)
- Collect the button cards.
- Hand out the Buttons worksheet.
- Tell your students to put the sheet on the floor in front of them.
- Tell your students to put a finger on a triangle button.
- Explain that they will be drawing a circle around all of the triangles.
- Tell your students to put a finger on a blue button.
- Explain that they will be drawing a line under the blue buttons.
- Ask your students if they have questions about the worksheet.
- Dismiss your students to work in their table spots.
- Observe and support your students as they work.
- Enrichment: Above level students may complete one of the optional graphs to further categorize the button worksheet.
- Support: Give struggling students simple clues as they work.
- During Guided practice, look for students who are participating and following the rules.
- Your students should be able to quickly respond to the attribute prompts by the end of the game.
- During Independent Working Time, look for students who are following directions and focusing on their own work.
- Your students should be able to circle the triangles.
- Your students should be able to underline the blue buttons.
Review and Closing(5 minutes)
- Ask your students to describe what an attribute is.
- Ask your students to describe what a category is.
- Ask your students to think of other things that could be put into categories.