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Colors that Melt in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand

Lindsay Bryan


Students will sort balls according to their color, and then record their answers on an activity sheet. Students will also sort colored candies into different color groups.


The student knows that objects can be grouped according to their physical characteristics (for example, shape, color, texture, form, size).


-One large bag of plain colored candies
-Glass bowl to hold colored candies
-Two large boxes of colored balls with approximately 20 balls in each box
(You might check for balls at your local toy store or in the Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom.)
-Enough activity sheets for each student and a few extras (See File Attachment.)
-Snack size bag of colored candies for each student and a few extras
-A pencil for each child
-Science Journals


1. Prepare colored candies.
2. Set up two learning centers in different areas of the room with a box of multi-colored balls with approximately twenty in each box.
3. Copy activity sheets for each student and place in learning centers.


Note: This lesson will address grouping objects according to their color.

1. Teacher opens a large bag of colored candies and pours them into a glass bowl. Discuss with students all the different colors they see. Explain that objects can be grouped according to color.

2. Pull out a handful of colored candies and group them according to color.

3. Ask students questions about the groups of colored candies, for example:
How many green colored candies?
How many red colored candies?
Which group has the most?
Which group has the least?

4. Instruct students on learning center activity. The activity will require that students organize a box of colored balls into groups (for example, red, yellow, green, blue). There should be two activity stations set up where students group the colored balls.

5. Each student will take his or her turn individually. They will group balls and record observations on an activity sheet. Activity sheets will be placed at each learning center. (See Attached File.)

6. When they are finished recording their observations on their activity sheet, students should return to their seats and insert activity sheet into their Science Journals.

7. The teacher will rotate throughout the classroom and check student observations.

8. If a child has all correct responses, then he or she will be given a snack size bag of colored candies to sort by color. They may eat the colored candies after they have been sorted correctly. If a child did not have the correct responses, he or she will go back to the center and correct his or her work with the help of the teacher.

9. After all students have participated, discuss other objects that can be sorted by color, for example, fruits, vegetables, back packs, and color of eyes.

10. Assess the activity.


Note: This lesson will address grouping objects according to their color.

As a formative assessment, students are observed grouping colored balls and recording observations on their activity sheet. Look for correct answers as to how many colored balls there are in each color group.


The same methods used in this lesson can be used to teach grouping objects according to other physical characteristics. However, the materials would be different. (For example: shape- using wooden shapes, and size- using objects that are big and small).
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