Friday, October 19, 2012

Sorting by Attributes

It was a busy week in our classroom-the fire truck came to visit and we went on a field trip. Next week will be just as busy with Red Ribbon week, 50's day and a Family Picnic Day! 
In Math, we began our Classifying and Comparing Unit by focusing on 
Common Core Standard K.MD.3.
Here is a process chart my mom made for both of us:
We began the unit by discussing things that are the same and things that are different and what makes them the same and different. The next day, the students got a paper bag with 2 items in it and they had to draw the items in their math journals and write (then share) how they were the same or different using the attributes listed on the chart.
Then we studied an attribute a day. Here is an example of sorting by color. After I modeled how to sort the cubes and record them, we sorted cubes together (in a circle, each student got a cube) and recorded, then they got their own bag of cubes and sorted them. They drew circles to match the color of their cubes and wrote how many in the circle in their journal.
Today we sorted shapes and recorded the answers the same way, except they drew the shapes and recorded how many in the shapes. 

Here are Mom's Hallway displays. This one is for the story, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever. After she read the story, she asked the students what they would do to grow the biggest pumpkin.

 Pumpkin Glyphs

Here are some activities from my Grassland Baby Animals Unit which can be found here.

 Books to Read

Comparing and Contrasting Elephants and Giraffes

Comparing and Contrasting Ocean and Grassland Animals
Matching Baby Animals with their Mommies

Unscramble the Popcorn Word Literacy Center

Write the Letter for the Beginning Sound Literacy Center

The coordinating Animal Babies Mathematics Centers can be found here.
 Missing Numbers

Which number is greater or less?

I will be back this weekend with a Gardening Literacy Unit and Gardening Mathematics Centers!

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