Graphing Fuzz Bugs

Empowered Learner


Students will sort Fuzz Bugs by color into matching containers creating a bar graph. Questions are then asked requiring students to interpret the graph and enter in answers. Questions are read aloud for nonreaders.

Students will:

  • Be able to count objects.
  • Be able to answer “How many” questions and compare amounts.
  • Develop drag and drop skills.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Drag and Drop: Drag and drop means to move an image to another part of the screen using a mouse or other device.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Review and play the Fuzz Bugs game.

  • Bookmark the site or add it to a classroom website for ease of access. 

  • If the students will be using an iPad to confirm the game works.

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Explain to students that they will play a fun game sorting Fuzz Bugs and model how to find the game on their device.

  2. Model how to sort the bugs- complete the screen.

  3. Warn students that the questions will be automatically read aloud, but only once and that they will have to pay close attention.

  4. As a class, answer the questions. Emphasize and define the different mathematical keywords (more than, less than, etc.) as they occur.

  5. Model how to type in numbers and write reference numbers on the board from 18-25. Explain how to use the backspace key if a mistake is made.

  6. Students complete this activity.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • This game automatically corrects answers and offers additional attempts if answers  are incorrect. Monitor students and informally assess as the activity progresses.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner 
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
1d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL 

Fuzz Bugs Game


Students could write a journal entry about Fuzz Bugs and explain how they know how many more or less than one color is compared to another.

  • Students are learning counting skills. 

  • Students are being introduced to what a graph is. 

This task card was created by Patricia Paxton, Armada Area Schools. June 2018. Updated October 2023.