Color Sorting Train Cars

Given a color sorting activity on the Smartboard, the student will sort colored trains into their corresponding color station independently for 4 out of 4 colors (red, yellow, green, and blue), for 5 consecutive data points.

  • SmartBoard
  • Pre-made Smartboard train/station activity
  • Pointer stick
  • Step platform for Smartboard
  • Freight Train, by Donald Crews.

Pre-Requisite Skills:
  • The student must be able to utilize the pointer on the Smartboard and manipulate objects on the Smartboard

UDL Considerations:

Procedures (Model/Lead/Test):
Initial Instruction (Model):
  1. The teacher will introduce the lesson to the children. She will say “Today, friends, we will be starting our unit on trains. Trains are a type of transportation that rides on tracks and takes heavy loads to faraway places. We are going to begin by reading the book, Freight Train, by Donald Crews. In this book, you will see a lot of different colored cars, all of which make up on long train. When we are finished reading, we are going to be sorting the train cars by color.”
  2. Read the book. Throughout the book, the teacher will ask students to identify colors of the trains.
  3. When finished, the teacher will begin the small group lesson on the SmartBoard. The SmartBoard screen will have 4 colored “stations,” red, yellow, blue and green. There will be 12 trains in the middle of the screen in the same 4 colors, 3 of each in varying style of train car. The teacher will say, “Friends, take a look at our SmartBoard. We have 4 train stations in each corner, a red, yellow, green, and blue station (point to each station as the color is called). But we have a problem! We need to get all of the trains to the correct station! All of the red trains will go to the red station, all of the blue trains will go to the blue station, all of the yellow trains will go to the yellow station, and all of the green trains will go to the green station. Watch, I will do the first one. My turn… Oh my, look at this train, it is yellow. Hmm, where is this yellow train car’s yellow station? Oh here it is! Watch friends, I will drag my yellow train to the yellow station. I did it! Watch again. Here is a blue train car. Hmm, let me look. This is a red station, the blue train does not match. It does not go there. Here is a green station, the blue train does not match. But take a look, here is the blue station! This is where the blue train car goes. Watch as I drag the blue train car to the blue station! It is parked and ready to go!”

Guided Practice (Lead):
  1. “Now, it is your turn to practice. I want you to help me get the trains to their matching station. Take a look friends, what color is this train? Yes, it is green! Now we have to find the green station. Is this it? No, that station is red. Is this it? Yes, that station is green. Lilly, please come up and help me drag the green train car to the green station.” I would then choose each of the children to have one opportunity to move a train to it’s corresponding station.

Independent Practice (Test):
  1. “Friends, you are doing so well at sorting the train cars! I want to see if each of you can find the station for these 4 different colored train cars. Sophie, come on up. I want you to drag the yellow train to the yellow station, the red train to the red station, the blue train to the blue station, and the green train to the green station. I know you can do it!” Each child would then have the opportunity to move each train to it’s corresponding station. Data will be taken as the student completes the tasks.


As the students are completing the final portion of the independent practice, I will be completing the data sheet that lists the four colors, as well as a column for a check mark if they complete the task correctly and independently. I expect that each student will sort/match all 4 colors correctly and independently.