Lesson Plan

Making Categories

Use this introductory lesson to teach your students how to sort and categorize! This can be used as a stand-alone or support lesson for the **Categorize It** lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Categorize It! lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Categorize It! lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

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

Language

Students will be able to explain how to sort objects based on their attributes using tactile supports.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Display the collected items to the class and ask them to share with a partner what the objects have in common, or how they might be the same using the sentence starter: "The objects are the same because __ ___ ___ ______ __ ___ ___ ______."
  • Have pairs share out with the class (possible answers might be: same kind of toy, similar shape, similar color, etc).
  • Repeat, this time asking students to share with a partner how the objects might be different using the sentence starter: "The objects are different because __ ___ ___ ______ __ ___ ___ ______."
  • Have pairs share out with the class.
  • As students share, record student ideas and thoughts on the chart paper to track learning goals and student process.