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Math Centers Kindergarten - Sorting and Classifying Activities

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Looking for a NEW way to engage your students in learning math? Creating a Math Cafe or Math "Salad Bar" is an engaging way to hit target skills, ignite the students learning, and free you up to monitor learning or remediate. You can use the "recipe" cards as task cards, set up a cafe in your room, or just use the printables in small or whole group.

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Focus: Sorting and Classifying

Pg. 1 Cover

Pg. 2 Table of Contents

Pg. 3 Standards

Pg. 4-6 Unit 3 Sorting and Classifying Directions, Suggestions, and Links

Pg. 7 Materials List Needed for Activities

Pg. 8-12 Task Cards (“Recipe Cards”) 1 Blank, 1 Teacher Station, 1 Computer Station, 1 ipad Station and the first Sort Buttons by Size card to go with pg. 13

Pg. 13 Trace Write Draw Activity Worksheet

Pg. 14 Printable Buttons (use, if you don’t have real buttons)

Pg. 15- 17 Sort Buttons By Color (Task Cards, Pintable, colored printable buttons)

Pg. 18-20 Sort by Button Holes (Task Cards, Printable, Button Printable)

Pg. 21-22 Button Muffin PAN Sort (Task Cards, colored button printable)

Pg. 23-24 Sort by Color to cover an Apple (using colored cubes)

Pg. 25-26 Sort Cubes to cover a SUN (using colored cubes to cover the picture)

Pg. 27-29 Sort Shapes by Color (Task Cards, printable, colored shapes printable)

Pg. 30-32 Sort by the SHAPE

Pg. 33-35 Sort Play Dough Balls into a Muffin Pan (Recording sheet)

Pg. 36-38 Sort by Five Senses (sort pictures)

Pg. 39-40 Sort Coins by Size (pennies and dimes)

Pg. 41-42 Sort Coins by COLOR

P. 43 Printable Coins

Pg. 44-45 Sort Counter Bears by Color (with printable bears)

Pg. 48-50 Sort Bears by Size (with printable bears)

Pg. 51-54 – Number Sort 2 & 5, 3 & 4 with Paint Daubers

Pg. 55-62 Sort Goldfish (crackers or use a printable)


Pg. 63-64 Sorting Assessment with Directions

Pg. 65 Sorting and Classifying Recording Data Sheet

Pg. 66-71 POSTERS

Pg. 72-78 Optional Title Posters for your Math Centers

Pg. 79 – 85 – Photos of how to set your Café up.

Pg. 86 Credits

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Unit 1 Kindergarten Math Centers Numbers 1-5

Unit 2 Kindergarten Math Centers Numbers 1-10

Unit 3 Kindergarten Math Centers Sorting and Classifying

Unit 4 Kindergarten Math Centers Addition within 5

Unit 5 Kindergarten Math Centers Counting Sets to 20

Unit 6 Kindergarten Math Centers Measurement and Data

Unit 7 Kindergarten Math Centers WORD PROBLEMS

Unit 8 Kindergarten Math Centers GRAPHS and DATA

Unit 9 Kindergarten Math Centers 2D and 3D Shapes | Geometry

10 is in progress ( Measuring Attributes)

Unit 11 Kindergarten Math Centers COMPARING NUMBERS

Unit 12 Kindergarten Math Centers Addition to 10

Unit 13 Kindergarten Math Centers SUBTRACTION to 10

Unit 14 is in progress (Time and Money)

What is a Math Café?

I like to keep all of my math manipulatives in one place, and hold students responsible for cleaning up after their activity. You can make your Math Café (or Buffet or Salad Bar) out of a bookcase or a rolling cart. A student pulls out the manipulative cart (Café). Students choose a recipe card (task card - with the material list, number of people who can participate in the math activity, picture cues, and directions), choose their partners if required, fill their tray with materials, do the activity anywhere in the room, and easily clean up by using a tray to hold their materials. You float around and take notes. One task card is labeled “Teacher’s Group.” This can be used when you see a student needs extra help with a concept. They will sit with you to review the concept, if you give them the card. There are also ipad, computer and blank recipe cards.

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Total Pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use appropriate tools strategically. Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem. These tools might include pencil and paper, concrete models, a ruler, a protractor, a calculator, a spreadsheet, a computer algebra system, a statistical package, or dynamic geometry software. Proficient students are sufficiently familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course to make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful, recognizing both the insight to be gained and their limitations. For example, mathematically proficient high school students analyze graphs of functions and solutions generated using a graphing calculator. They detect possible errors by strategically using estimation and other mathematical knowledge. When making mathematical models, they know that technology can enable them to visualize the results of varying assumptions, explore consequences, and compare predictions with data. Mathematically proficient students at various grade levels are able to identify relevant external mathematical resources, such as digital content located on a website, and use them to pose or solve problems. They are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.
Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/“corners”) and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).
Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.
Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.


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