Pre-Kindergarten Mathematics
Topic 1
Attributes and Sorting

Printable Parent Letter

 

Students need to:

  • Identify and describe the attributes of color among sets of concrete objects
  • Identify and describe the attributes of shape among sets of concrete objects and images
  • Identify and describe the attributes of size among various dimensions of concrete objects
  • Sort objects by one attribute such as shape, color, size, weight, and length and explain the sorting rule
  • Compare two items or sets of objects and explain how they are alike and different
  • Begin to construct a real graph to represent information gathered from a set of concrete objects and then discuss what the data reveals
  • Begin to construct a picture graph to represent, compare, and interpret data
Carroll County Public Schools Video Support

Ways Parents Can Help

  • Use real objects to talk about their likes and differences.  (i.e. size, color, shape…)
  • Sort objects at home such as socks, cereal, candy, containers in the pantry, toys, etc.
  • When you return home from the grocery store, have your child help you sort the items from the grocery bag and discuss how items were sorted.
  • Use sorted objects to construct a real graph by arranging like objects in columns or rows.

Some Support Sites

Tiny Hands Sorting Apple App (free)

 

 

Key Vocabulary to Know

Alike - similar

Attribute - a characteristic of an object, such as color, shape, or size.

Different – not similar

Group – a set of objects that share a common attribute

Picture Graph – a graph created by using pictures of objects to make the graph

Same – equal in size, shape, value or importance

Shape – circle, triangle, square

Sort - a group set up on the basis of any characteristic in common

Comparative attribute examples: thick, thin, long, short, round, straight, size(bigger/smaller), color

Real Graph – a graph created by using the actual objects to make the graph