Hula Hoop Shape Sort: First we practiced as a group, sorting by color and shape. We went around the circle and each student placed their shapes in the correct hula hoop. Then I put tubs of shapes on each table and gave students a divided work mat. They had to sort two groups of shapes in various ways.
Mixed Up Manipulatives: I forgot where I found this idea, but I told the kids that during recess, someone came into our room and mixed up all our math materials! Oh no! We practiced how to sort objects by kind, then I dumped them out on the tables and each group worked together to sort out all the containers. They had a blast!
Shoe Sort & Graph: We sorted our shoes into three groups (laces, velcro, and slip-ons) and made a concrete graph using our shoes. Then we drew pictures of our shoes to add to our bar graph.
Bear Sort: We sorted bears by size on these work mats that I found from Kindergarten Crayons HERE!
Guess My Rule: We've played this game a lot. It's quick and easy. I just call groups of students to the front and ask the children to guess how I sorted them. I might sort by gender, color clothes, type of shoes, hair color, hairstyle, accessories, etc. Then I ask questions like: "How are they all alike? Why do they belong together? Who else belongs in this group?"