Introducing Attributes

Marcella Morrison Disney Magnet School
4140 N. Marine Dr.
Chicago Illinois 60613
(312) 534-5855


2nd Grade Level
1. Student will perceive objects as belonging to a variety of classes.

2. Student will demonstrate a relationship between material and function.

3. Student can verbalize various attributes of an object.

Materials Needed: Lesson #1: 4 trays, 70 buttons Lesson #2: Refer to worksheet "Sink and Float", variety of objects and transparent 4 gallon container Lesson #3" Pictures of a truck, motorcycle, car,bicycle and airplane and a worksheet Strategy:

Lesson #1: Teacher will assign students in pairs. Each pair is given a tray
with 40 buttons. Teacher will demonstrate sorting and grading.
Students are encouraged to find multiple possibilities of sorting
buttons. Teacher will circulate to encourage variety.

Lesson #2: Students will be assigned to tables in groups of four. Each table
will have 1 transparent 4 gallon container half full of water.
Teacher draws duplicate of lesson #2 worksheet on the board.
Teacher and students do lesson in sync. Material and attribute
are determined by group discussion. Children experiment with
each object to see if it will sink or float.

Lesson #3 Assign groups of 5 students in each group. Distribute copies of
worksheet, crayons and pencils. The teacher using picture of
helicopter as an example will ask student to list 5 parts of the
helicopter. Teacher uses format worksheet #3 on board. Parts are
listed, material for each part is determined by discussion. Why
material was chosen for each part is determined by discussion.
Each group is given a card showing a mode of transportation,
pencils and crayons. They are encouraged to think of 5 parts,
the materials to be used and the attributes that made this material
good choice for this part.

Performance Assessment:

Lesson 1-2 Teacher will pass/fail grade based on participation and appropriate
and cooperative behavior.

Lesson #3 Pass/fail grade is based on teacher observation and evaluation


1. Participation and discussion
2. Contribution of information
3. Supportive behavior in group

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