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Sorting again and again!
Students will discover that beans have many attributes and they will sort them accordingly.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics)
By Melanie Kush.
Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach
This collection of kindergarten lesson plans uses classic nursery rhymes to teach curriculum objectives in math, English language arts, science, and healthful living.
Format: (multiple pages)
Dinosaur math
The children will be involved in several different activities (graphing, sorting and classifying, patterning) rotating to each station during the lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By RobinC Adams.
Graphing with food
Students will use a variety of foods to make graphs. Each food should be used for a separate lesson for a total of ten lessons.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Bunnie R. Brewer.
Books we've read
This lesson plan creates a classroom database collecting information on books that students have read over a period of time determined by the teacher and/or students. By sorting and filtering, students evaluate the data and can later create other products from their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Computer/Technology Skills and Information Skills)
By Mary Rizzo.
Hula hoop sorting
Students will use two large hula hoops to form a Venn Diagram. Then, using various colored paper shapes, they will recognize, and identify circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, trapezoids, and parallelograms.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Diane Jackson.
Penguin possibilities: Sorting by attributes
This lesson is designed to help students observe details and explore ways that objects, in this case penguins, can be sorted by various attributes such as size, color, etc.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Shyrl Stadler.
Sorting with Old Mother Hubbard
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 6
In this kindergarten lesson plan, students use the nursery rhyme "Old Mother Hubbard" to practice sorting objects according to their properties, and practice reading by reciting a familiar nursery rhyme while following the text.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Lisa Wright.
Sorting with Little Boy Blue
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 1
In this kindergarten lesson, students use the nursery rhyme "Little Boy Blue" to practice sorting items into groups.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Lisa Wright.
4-H club girl sorting eggs for packaging
4-H club girl sorting eggs for packaging
An older man and a young girl can be seen standing in front of an egg sorting machine in this black and white photograph. The girl is taking eggs out of a wire basket and placing them on a conveyor to be sorted. The eggs roll into a box on a wooden stand as...
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M&M math
Rotating to each station using M&M's, this lesson will allow students to add, graph, sort, and estimate.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Karen Walker.
Sorting seeds
This lesson will engage students in manipulating, sorting, counting, and graphing seeds. The students will be involved in the creation of a graph using the computer.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics)
By Mary Jackson.
Solid graphing
The students will review solid figures using a baggie of assorted snack mix (cones, cubes, cylinders, and spheres) and will begin a vertical bar graph showing the number of each solid figure in a bag of assorted snack mix.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Lisa Fletcher.
Easter egg math
Using colored Easter eggs, students will sort by color, count eggs, and graph data.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Marie Messer.
Body graphing
"Body Graphing" is an interactive graphing activity involving manipulatives to compare graphing results. With the use of ropes and unifix cubes students will learn to compare and contrast their body with classmates. The graphing activity can be extended to graph differences with height, hair and eye color, and other physical attributes.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By patsy morgan.
Jumping with Jack Be Nimble
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 3
In this kindergarten lesson plan, students use the nursery rhyme "Jack Be Nimble" to practice locomotor skills and sorting objects.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living and Science)
By Lisa Wright.
Periodic table database
These lessons are designed to help students use their computer skills to create their own database using teacher directions, and they also learn how to read the periodic table and understand what it means.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Science)
By Florence B. Winslow.
Tracing the Titanic tragedy
Students will learn about the Titanic disaster as a historical event by reading informative articles and books and by use of the Internet. They will then produce a database of passengers with information about them and use the database to analyze the information.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Elizabeth Harren.
Candy math
Unit on reviewing Math skills. The unit will take 20 minutes per day for 6 days. A good activity for late spring.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Tammy Sharpe.
Animals move!
This plan introduces students to the different ways animals move.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living and Mathematics)
By Michelle Tesiero.