Gather students so they can see the book and hear you read aloud the story The Button Box
by Margarette Reid. The child in this story examines the different
buttons in Grandma’s button box. As you read the story, ask questions
that focus the students’ attention on the properties, similarities and
differences, and multiple ways to sort the buttons. (See the Questions for Students below.)
After reading the story, discuss the properties, similarities
and differences, and multiple ways to sort the buttons in Grandma’s
button box. List properties that students identify on a chart and post
for future reference. Give students the Special Things about Buttons in Grandma’s Button Box activity sheet for recording the various properties.
You will use this to document students prior knowledge so that you will
know how to plan instruction and to monitor each student’s progress.
For the next part of the lesson, arrange the students in a
circle. Introduce the game "Button, Button, Describe the Button" by
explaining how the game is played:
- a button will be passed around the circle until the leader says stop;
- the student holding the button gives one descriptive feature (property) that has not been contributed previously; and
- play continues until students develop fluency in describing the button.