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- Damaris M., Teacher
- Downey, CA
Counting Teacher Resources
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Post-Halloween learners bring in candy treats to use for counting practice. They estimate how full a bowl of candy will get when there are 100 and 200 pieces of candy counted and put in it. They take turns counting to 100 and 200; counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, etc. per instruction. Students receive one piece of candy when they count to 20 correctly, or if they hear a classmate make a mistake while counting.
In whole group practice, children count together and identify how many objects are drawn on butcher paper, increasing the number when they have achieved fluency. In pairs, they count manipulatives. They then copy series of numbers from the board, write numbers for practice, and fill in the blanks with missing numbers. Differentiate for K-3 grade level expectations.
Kindergarteners practice showing 1:1 correspondence while incorporating information they learned about a local Native American culture. The objects used for counting are taken from the previous day's Native American lesson plan. The intention is for them to use the newly-acquired vocabulary while building 1:1 correspondence skills.
Budding mathematicians explore the concept of skip counting. They practice skip counting as they use it to determine the number of wheels that come to school at 3 different times throughout the day. They also create a data graph to show their findings. This activity allows young learners (They don't have to be writing numbers; they mark data on a car graphic provided.) to collect and compare data, skip count by 2s, create and read graphs. Rubric and a host of useful materials attached.
Youngsters will love to explore counting and sorting by color using gummy bears. They write the number of bears of each hue on a sheet (attached). The class graphs their favorite color of gummy bear, first on a chart, and then kinesthetically by arranging themselves in different areas of the classroom depending on what their favorite color of gummy bear is. Considering the manipulatives you're using, make this an end of the day math activity!
Class members drill and practice counting skills from 1 to 20. They count along with a puppet and when the puppet makes a mistake, they correct it. In pairs, they connect cubes to make a train and count the number used. On the last of the 3-day series, each child has a collection of 10 items. They roll the dice and pass that number of objects to their partners.
In need of a 5-day unit intended to teach little learners how to count to 20? This is a well-structured complete set of lessons which employ a variety of methods to instruct learners about various ways to count from 1 to 20. They plant seeds, string beads, and play games to practice reading, writing, and understanding numbers as labels of quantity.
An unconventional game of musical chairs -- in which a second circle of chairs grows as the original circle shrinks -- involves counting forward and backward. Then children count out manipulatives as teacher strikes notes on a xylophone. Partners challenge each other by placing a number of counters on a desk, while the other strikes that many tones on a rhythm instrument. A terrific way to engage your auditory learners. Several extension ideas included.