Sorting Apples

Early Years (Age 3 – 6)

Curriculum Goal

Kindergarten: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour

  • 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 cut outs (Appendix A)


  • 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?


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