One of my student’s favorite units throughout the year has always been sorting by attributes. Kids love to be able to look at the objects around them and recognize how they are similar or different. By teaching students how to sort by properties we are building their ability to collect, classify and organize data. Through this process, they are also growing their descriptive vocabulary by exploring different ways of describing objects. The sorting activities for kindergarten below are sure to be a hit in your classroom while your students explore grouping objects.
Sorting Activities for Kindergarten using Classroom Objects
Elementary classrooms are filled with tons of manipulatives that are perfect for sorting. Have your students use objects they see around them to practice sorting by attributes. Using these laminated sorting mats is a great way to recreate this fun activity over and over again. Sorting mats make a perfect math center. Put out a basket of objects students can sort, or let them collect them from around the room.
- Use math manipulatives for sorting by color, size, and shape.
- Crayons and markers are great for sorting by color.
- Use books from your reading center to practice sorting by size.
- Students can find a variety of objects for sorting by weight.
Pocket Chart Sorting Activity
Hands-on practice is the most effective way for students to master sorting. Using a pocket chart to sort pictures is a wonderful way for students to start practicing sorting by attributes. I like to use this activity as a whole group and then move it over into a center. This activity always strikes up great conversations about how items can have a wide variety of attributes and can be sorted in various ways.
Sort, Sort, Sort
The more students practice sorting, the better they will become at being able to visually identify various properties as well as categorize them according to the discoverable attributes. Providing students with a variety of ways to sort will help them master these concepts while having a ton of fun.
Some sorting activities for kindergarten that are popular with students are:
- Cut and paste sorting activities.
- Drawing pictures into given categories.
- Color code sorting worksheets.
Keep it Fun!
It is super easy to keep your sorting activities and lessons fun. Kids love sorting items that they are familiar with such as food. Students can practice sorting by color by using cereal such as fruit loops or colorful candies. Another popular activity is sorting a variety of seeds by shape or kind.
Digital Sorting Activites and a Free Resource
These digital sorting activities for kindergarten are a fun way for students to practice independently. Students will practice sorting by size, shape, color, weight, temperature, thickness, and texture. This FREE counting and classifying digital resource provides great practice for students. They will have fun sorting and classifying objects as well as using graphs to count data.
I hope you have a ton of fun while teaching your students how to sort by attributes. Providing your students with the tools to practice sorting in various ways is sure to lead to success.