Sorting in Math Class

Mrs. Adkins' Class

Mrs. Adkins class enjoys a yummy math lesson. Sorting objects by size and shape is fun especially when you get to eat the lesson when you are finished!

Teddy Grahams


  1. To put (classify) their bags of Teddy Grahams as Teddies with their arms up or arms down.
  2. To sort Teddies with arms up into two groups-chocolate and honey. Then count
  3. To sort Teddies with arms down into two groups- chocolate and honey. Then count.
  4. To make a Venn Diagram
    group # 1 - Comments about all Teddy Grahams
    group # 2 - Comments about Honey flavored Teddy Grahams only
    group # 3 - Comments that both Chocolate and Honey flavored Teddy Grahams have in common
    group # 4 - Comments about chocolate flavored Teddy Grahams only
  5. To write two statements that are true and two statements that are not true about eachf groups (1-4)
  6. To write a story about group A-D on your sorting graph
  7. Have fun eating the Teddy Grahams

Grade 3 Students were involved for approximately 3 hours with a small bag of Teddy Grahams.


  1. To make a guess (estimate) as to how many M&M's in sets by >,<. and =.
  2. To sort M & M's by color.
  3. To graph on a bar graph by color.
  4. To descsribe sets by color.
  5. To compare numbers of M & M's in sets by >, <. and =.
  6. To add sets of M & M;s together.
  7. To create number relationships using sets on their own.
  8. to take a certain number of M & M's and divide into piles (sets) of 4, 7, 5, 2, and 3 to see if they can be divided equally or will some be left over in each case.
  9. Have fun eating.

Grade 3 Students were involved for approximately 2 hours with activities which involved a small bag of M & M's for each student. Everyone remained on task and involved for the entire time. There were no discipline problems during this activity.

Jeremy Horsey: I learned to put the Teddy Grahams into groups. I had to sort them by hands up and hands down. Then, I had to sort them by chocolate and honey flavor. I had a good time.

Trenisha Johnson: We sorted the Teddy Grahams into two groups. Then, we counted them and put them into four different groups. We made a Venn Diagram and told a story about each group. I liked this activity.

Ebony Chandler: Today we made a bar graph of the M&M candies. Next we made a bar graph to show how many of each color we had. We did problems with "greater than", "less than" and "equal to." We ate four of them and then we counted them into piles of four to see how many piles we had and how many were left over. We took the rest of the candy home with us. We had a lot of fun.

Reference material: AIMS Education Activities

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