Sorting Apples

Early Years
Age 3-6


Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours & Problem Solving and Innovating ​

  • Demonstrate an understanding of numbers, using concrete materials to explore and investigate counting, quantity, and number relationships (#15).
  • Collect, organize, display, and interpret data to solve problems and to communicate information, and explore the concept of probability in everyday contexts (#19).


  • Students and the teacher begin by sitting on the floor in a circle.


  • Three types of apples (e.g. red, green, yellow) cut into pieces so that every student can try each type of apple​
  • Pre-made framework of a vertical bar graph on chart paper​
  • Paper Apple Cutouts (download)


  • Ask students to name types of apples they know. ​
  • Hand out the pieces of apple and have the students try it.​
  • Ask each student to comment on how it tastes, smells, feels and looks.​
  • Repeat the steps above until students have tried all 3 types of apples.​
  • One at a time, ask students to indicate which is their favourite apple by sticking a cut out of the apple on the graph in the appropriate column.​

Look Fors

  • How do children describe each type of apple (e.g. its colour, taste, feel)?​
  • How do they understand the relationship between the data and the graph?​
  • What kind of observations do children make when looking at the graph? Are they talking about which one has the most, which one has the least? Are they counting?​


  • The graph created in this lesson can be used in the lesson “Introduction to Graphing”.

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