Lessons & Units :: Classify and Categorize Kindergarten Unit

Lesson 3: Creating Groups and Sorting

Lesson Plan

My Big Truck Book

My Big Truck Book
Learning Goal
Classify and categorize items into student created groups.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Direct Teaching Example Chart, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: My Big Truck Book by Roger Priddy, scissors, chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will read aloud My Big Truck Book by Roger Priddy and discuss the similarities of the trucks in each group. I will explain the categories of trucks. (Example Chart is provided.)

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How did the author of My Big Truck Book decide to group the trucks?" Students should respond that he grouped the trucks based on how they are the same or similar.

  • Guided Practice

    will sort the students in the class into two groups: boys or girls. Then, we will sort the students in the class into two different groups: tall or short. We will discuss how we can group people and things into many different groups.

  • Independent Practice

    will cut out pictures of trucks and sort them into two groups of your choice. (Independent Practice Worksheets are provided.)

Build Student Vocabulary rescue

Tier 2 Word: rescue
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story An aerial ladder truck is an emergency truck that is used to rescue people in high buildings.
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) To rescue means to save from danger. Firefighters use the ladder truck to take people safely out of windows in a tall building when there is fire.
Students repeat the word Say the word rescue with me: rescue
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts Our cat climbed a tree and was afraid to come down. I rescued the cat by climbing a ladder and bringing him down. The playground bully was picking on John, until his big brother came and rescued him. After our car broke down, a kind police officer rescued us.
Students provide examples Can you think of a time that you might need to be rescued? Start by saying, “I might need to be rescued ______________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? rescue
Additional Vocabulary Words fuel, container

Build Student Background Knowledge

Pause at the last page of My Big Truck Book and ask students if they have seen a garbage truck in their neighborhood. Where does a garbage truck take garbage? Explain that garbage trucks haul garbage to landfills, where the garbage is buried in the ground.

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User Comments

I love how this is laid out. I was able to communicate well with my students and was able to get them in the gist.