Learning Resource Type

Learning Activity

Sort, Count, and Compare Fuzz Bugs

Subject Area

Digital Literacy and Computer Science




In this activity, students will use "Fuzz Bugs - Counting, Sorting, & Comparing" from ABCya that provides a fun and educational interactive game that gives students the opportunity to sort, count, and compare the fuzz bugs. The interactive helps students learn to sort objects by colors, count the objects, then compare the different fuzz bugs.

After students interact with "Fuzz Bugs - Counting, Sorting, & Comparing" from ABCya, students will then collect and organize data about the number and attributes of the "Fuzz Bugs" collected in a Google Sheets template. The Google Sheets template will allow students to tally the number of "Fuzz Bugs" and the cells will turn the color to create a chart of the data collected. 

This activity was created as a result of the DLCS Resource Development Summit.

    Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2018) Grade(s): KG


    Collect data and organize it in a chart or graph collaboratively.

    Unpacked Content



    • graph
    • spreadsheet
    • data


    Students know:
    • data can be collected in various ways.
    • results of data can be depicted in various ways.


    Students are able to:
    • collect data using simple methods such as tally sheets, paper squares, voting.
    • as a group build simple graphs on paper.
    • as a group enter simple data into a spreadsheet.


    Students understand that:
    • data can be collected in various ways.
    • results of data can be shared in various ways such as graphs, picture charts.
    Mathematics (2019) Grade(s): KG


    Classify objects into given categories of 10 or fewer; count the number of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.

    Unpacked Content



    • Classify
    • Venn diagrams
    • Pictographs
    • Yes/no charts
    • Bar graphs
    • Symbolic representations
    • Pictorial representations


    Students know:
    • how to count.
    • Sort objects.
    • Category descriptors (e.g. triangles, rectangles, round, curved sides, color, etc).


    Students are able to:
    • sort objects.
    • Effectively use strategies to count groups of objects.
    • Read and understand graphs.


    Students understand that:
    • objects can be grouped into categories based on like characteristics.
    • They can gain information from graphs.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    1. Students will classify objects by color.
    2. Students will count the number of objects. 
    3. Students will sort categories by count.
    4. Students will work collaboratively to collect and organize data in a chart or graph.

    Activity Details

    1. Access the "Fuzz Bugs - Sorting, Counting and Comparing" on ABCya.
    2. The students will sort the fuzz bugs by color. (This can be accomplished in a small group or whole group setting.)
    3. The students will count the number of fuzz bugs.
    4. The students will compare the number of fuzz bugs using terms like "greater than", "less than", or "equal to".
    5. When all the fuzz bugs have been collected in the ABCYa interactive, students in each group will use the Google Sheets - Graphing Fuzz Bugs template to graph the data based on the number of fuzz bugs collected. (If you are 1:1 with devices, this can be completed individually. If you are not 1:1, have one device per group/pair to complete this part of the activity.)
    6. To use the Google Sheets template, students will type the number of each color of fuzz bug collected to graph the data. 
    7. Students will discuss within a group or with partners their inferences based on the data collected and chart created.
    8. You can have students present and explain their charts to the class if time allows.
    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    Assess the Graphing Fuzz Bugs Google Sheets template for accuracy and understanding of collecting data using numbers and graphing the information. Students can turn this in digitally using a learning management system, Google Classroom, or sharing the finished graph with the teacher.

    If the students are working in groups, you can use the Group Collaboration Rubric to assess the students' skills for working collaboratively. 

    Variation Tips

    This activity can be unplugged through the use of counting other colored objects such as cubes or bears if the technology is not available. 

    The Google Sheets template will need to be printed, and students will color in the graph using crayons. 

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    1. The teacher will have already taught basic care and use of technology.
    2. The teacher will have already digitally distributed the Graphing Fuzz Bugs Template to students.
    3. The teacher will have already taught the concept of counting objects.


    Digital Tools / Resources