# Math lesson: sorting

#### jerzgirl

##### Senior Member
Hi,
Our school wide goal is for our first graders to demonstrate a skill and then have the k's copy and practice. The first activity is to sort objects by color, shape or size and to count to 10. I have the first graders and will meet with our kinder buddies this Wednesday. Can anyone offer a fun, easy activity that they might like?
Thanks,
Jerz

#### CPR

##### Full Member
sort shoes

You could have everyone take off one shoe and toss them in the middle, then sort them by color, shape and size. If that's too chaotic, have pairs sort autumn leaves or acorns or attribute blocks, or whatever other thematic items you're working on.

#### dot2353

##### New Member
sorting

We have always had fun when we sort a box of fruit loops cereal by color. By shape and color, lucky charms cereal is great. Always fun to use cereal because you can eat it after the learning is over. Size, we use pretzels, they come in big and small sizes......................

#### RebeccaF

##### Full Member
Sorting/Graphing M&Ms

We just practiced sorting and graphing with the M&M packs (although this might not work if you have someone with peanut allergies- you could use Skittles). The kids LOVED it and they got to eat their "tools" which they love. Besides the personal mini-packs of candy were on sale for Halloween.

#### Garden Gal

##### Senior Member

The Frog and Toad story "Lost Button" is a great literature connection to sorting. I don't remember which of the F+T books it is in-maybe Frog and Toad are Friends. After reading the story you can have kids sort buttons. If you want to make the project more inquiry based have groups find different ways to sort buttons before you read the story. Buttons are fun because they involve color, size, and shape, but also you look at the way they are put on clothing-2 holes, 4 holes, or loops.

#### jerzgirl

##### Senior Member
Thank You!

Thanks so much for all of your creative ideas! I knew you would have the answers Have a great week.
jerz

#### stacyPA

##### Full Member
sorting

We just finished our chapter on sorting. We sorted the colored goldfish, buttons, kids in our room (by hair color, eye color,etc.)

Our sorting project was to bring in 2 leaves from home of different colors/shapes and we graphed the leaves by color, then by size.