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Cars, Trucks, and Things that Go Sorting Fun!

Lore Davis
Alachua County Schools


This is a small group activity in which students have fun sorting, classifying and writing about how they sort transportation vehicles.


The student dictates or writes with pictures or words/letters a narrative about a familiar experience or text.

The student identifies simple patterns of sounds, physical movements, and concrete objects.

The student knows that objects have many different observable properties:-color-shapes (circle, triangle, square)-forms (flexible, stiff, straight, and curved)-textures (rough, smooth, hard, soft)-sizes and weights (big, little, large, small, heavy, light, wide, thin, long, short)-positions and speeds (over, under, in, out, above, below, left, right, fast, slow)


-The song "The Wheels On The Bus" charted or in book form
-Four 9x6 inch sheets of construction paper for each child
-One 9x6 inch sheet of construction paper for instruction
-6 containers filled with 15 toy vehicles
-6 packages of crayons
-6 pencils


Gather materials needed.
-A version of the song book, "The Wheels On The Bus", or chart the song on chart paper.
-Gather the 9 inch by 6 inch construction paper.
-Gather the 6 containers each filled with 15 toy vehicles.
-Gather the 6 packages of crayons and 6 pencils.


1. Ask students how they get to school. After students share how they get to school, share the traditional song "The Wheels On The Bus". Use one of several versions of the song that can be found in book form or have the song written on chart paper for children to follow along as the song is read. Encourage students to sing along.

2. Tell students that today they will be sorting vehicles in a variety of ways and telling and writing about how the vehicles are sorted.

3. Sit at a table or on the floor with a group of 4-6 students. Pour a container of 15 toy vehicles out onto the table or floor. Ask the students to look at the vehicles and think of how they can sort or group these vehicles. Give students a minute to think about ways to sort the vehicles.

4. Ask one student to tell you one way the vehicles can be sorted or grouped. Have the student start the sort (Example: The student might say to sort by color). That student might place all the red vehicles on a piece of construction paper. Ask another student to choose another color to sort onto another piece of construction paper. Continue having students sort until all of the vehicles have been sorted. Tell the students that they have just sorted or grouped the vehicles by color.

5. Ask students for another way to sort the vehicles. Students might say to sort by kind of vehicle, number of wheels, vehicles with/without windows. Follow the same procedures used for sorting by color.

6. Write about how the students sorted the last group of vehicles on construction paper. Do this by drawing the number of vehicles in each group and writing about how each group was sorted (Example: I sorted my vehicles by red vehicles, blue vehicles, green vehicles). This could be done on one piece of paper, which has been divided into sections or it could be done on separate pieces of paper.

7. Tell students that they will now sort or group their own container of vehicles. Give each student a container of 15 vehicles and 4 pieces of construction paper to use in sorting their vehicles. Students will work independently to sort the vehicles. Observe, monitor and provide feedback as students sort their vehicles. Give suggestions or ask other students to give suggestions of other ways to sort, if a child canít think of alternative ways to sort. Have students demonstrate their understanding by explaining how they sorted.

8. Have students use pieces of construction paper to write about one way they sorted their vehicles. Most kindergarteners will use pictures as their writing and will tell you about the way they classified. Some might label their pictures with one or two letters. Most will not be able to write a sentence. You may write as the student dictates.

9. The students will return to the small group to share the writing, explaining one way he/she sorted and classified the vehicles after each student has finished the activity.


The teacher observes as the student demonstrates his/her knowledge of sorting and classifying by at least three characteristics (kind, color, size, number of doors) by sorting transportation vehicles and telling about what categories he/she sorted the different objects into.

The student dictates or writes with pictures or words about how he/she sorts and classifies transportation vehicles.


1. Language Arts - Type the song "The Wheels On The Bus" at the top of a piece of 8x11 inch paper. Copy one for each student. Have students illustrate the song "The Wheels On The Bus". Have students practice reading the song by pointing to the words in the song.

2. Art - Make a vehicle using shape paper or legos.

3. Math - Have students play the car sorting game on the CD Mighty Math Carnival Countdown, Edmark Corporation and Harcourt Brace, 1995.
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