ALEX Lesson Plan


Heart Graphing

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Author:Brandi Burrows
System: Lanett City
School: W. O. Lance Elementary
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 32739


Heart Graphing


During this lesson students will complete hands-on activities.Technology will be incorporated with this lesson. Students will sort conversation heart candy by colors. Students will then use their data to complete picture graphs.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
MA2015 (2016)
Grade: K
3 ) Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects). [K-CC3]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.K.3- Distinguish numerals from other print (letters, symbols); recognize numerals 0 through 5 as written.

MA2015 (2016)
Grade: K
6 ) Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies. (Include groups with up to ten objects.) [K-CC6]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.K.6- Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group (limit objects per group to five).

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

  • Students will complete an online color sorting game.
  • Students will sort conversation heart candy by colors.
  • Students will count the hearts to gather information.
  • Students will then use their data to complete a picture graph.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

  • Students will demonstrate proper use and care of the computer and mouse.
 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

  • Conversation heart candy
  • ziplock bags
  • Big Book Graph It! by Jennifer Osborne
  • Valentine sorting page
  • Graphing page
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • White board
  • dry erase markers

Technology Resources Needed:

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Microsoft Word
  • LCD projector
  • Wireless Mouse (available for students to interact with online activity)


Students should be able to use a computer mouse. Students should have knowledge of counting, sorting, graphing, colors, and numbers 0-20.

Teacher should prepare all needed work pages ahead of time. These pages should be available to be projected with the LCD projector. Teacher will also need to prepare conversation heart candy into individual ziplock bags, these need to have the same number of each color hearts, one bag per student will be available.


Introductory Activity: The teacher will begin the lesson with students on the rug by reading the big book Graph It! by Jennifer Osborne. We will discuss the different types of graphs and charts presented in the book. We will discuss examples of charts we have created throughout the year in our classroom.

Developmental Activity: We will review the colors, color words, and sorting by color. Students will interact with an online website that will be projected onto the whiteboard with the LCD projector. Students will discuss the name of the wireless computer mouse and the proper ways to use it. Students will complete color sorting game as students are chosen to interact with the game.

Culminating Activity: Students will work with their table partner to complete this activity. Sorting and graphing pages will be projected onto whiteboard with the LCD projector for students to see. Students will use the conversation hearts and printed sorting page to sort the candies by colors. Students will then work together with the teacher to complete a graph by color with the data we collected. Students will use crayons to color their own printed graph page. Students will then write the number below each color to identify the total number of candies in each color group.

Students will then discuss and identify groups/colors and the total number of candies in each. Students will then identify the groups that are greater than, less than, or equal to in the groups. This data will be recorded as a group on the whiteboard.

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Assessment Strategies

The assessment for this lesson will be informal.

  • Students will sort Valentine conversation heart candies by coloring on the provided sorting page.
  • Students will complete a color graph on the provided graphing page.
  • Open-ended questions will be used during group discussions to informally evaluate the students' understanding of the activity. 


Students use the data collected to create different types of charts and graphs.


Students will review colors and color words, numbers 0-20, and practice counting during remediation before the activity. These students will be paired with a table partner who has a greater understanding of the objectives to be covered in this lesson.

View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.