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Agricultural survey and the documentation of livestock or goods was the basis for the first written language. Youngsters discuss sorting and counting, and how these skills have been used for thousands of years. They accent their class discussion by reading an informational passage and using the information to create a survey-inspired work of art. 
Fill those extra ten minutes of math time with this fun counting activity. Given a short sequence of numbers, young mathematicians stand in a circle and count one-by-one until the last number is reached, at which point the whole group claps and the last child has a seat in the middle of the circle. The rest of the group then repeats the process until only one person is left standing. The flexibility of this activity allows teachers to choose number sequences that focus on specific trouble spots, or that introduce students to skip counting and counting backward. This quick and simple activity can be performed anytime, anywhere and engages primary grade learners in developing this fundamental math skill.
Working with kindergartners one-on-one, you will identify their ability to count by 1s and 10s and conclude what levels they have mastered, as well as where they need skills practice and instruction. The commentary provided will aid you in knowing what to look for when administering this assessment. Examples of common mistakes of young learners are noted. This assessment can be used at the beginning of the year and then again at the end of the first quarter to record benchmarks and progress.
Using a 100s chart or a number line with a pointer, work with your class to count up to 100 by ones and tens. As a part of daily instruction, prompt your kindergartners to chant count from 1 to 30. Move on to 1 to 50, and then from 1 to 100. Highlight groups of tens and count by tens in the same fashion. This should be done daily. A number line around the room can be a visual prompter for counting together at any time. A 100s chart is also great to use, especially if it is laminated and can be colored in. Use counting for transitions. Here is an example: please meet me on the rug before I count to 30, and count with me as you walk. Great practical guidance on working toward this skill base on a class level.
Using a number line or a 100s chart that extends past 100, practice counting from 1 to 120 with your class. As a part of daily instruction, chant count in sequence from 1 to 100 and then randomly chose a number and count onward to 120. Visually highlight multiples of ten and chant in sequence by 10s, 5s, and 2s. Backward counting should also be modeled and practiced. Choose random numbers each day to support flexibility and range in counting.  
Take stroll around the classroom while teaching young mathematicians to count fluently with this whole-group math activity. The teacher starts things off by walking around the room while counting up from the number one and continues until he/she stops and taps a student on the shoulder. At this point, the teacher and student switch positions and the child resumes the count, with this process being repeated until the entire class has been given the chance to participate. Once students are comfortable counting forward by ones, consider extending the activity by introducing skip counting or counting backward. Use this activity as a transition into daily math lessons, or to fill time following a lesson that ends early.

Sort and Count II

Pre-K - 1st
Capture the engagement of young mathematicians with this hands-on sorting activity. Given a bag of objects, students work independently sorting the items based on their physical attributes, counting to determine the size of each group. This process is repeated as young learners explore different ways of sorting the same set of objects. A fun primary grade math lesson plan that develops the counting skills and number sense of young children.

Sort and Count

Pre-K - 1st
Young mathematicians are on their feet and moving around in this primary grade sorting activity. After giving each child an object or picture card, they then sort themselves into groups, counting to see which has the most or least members. As additional support, consider creating sentence frames and flash cards that correctly model how to use comparison language. An engaging activity that provides young learners with a great opporutunity to practice counting and comparing numbers. 
Here is another learning game that will engage your kindergartners and support them with their counting fluency. Forming a circle where everyone faces inward, choose a counting sequence (counting frontward or backward) with no more than 8-10 numbers such as 1-10 or 10-1. The children will then count around the circle until the last number is reached, the class will clap,and that child will sit in the center of the circle. Continue the game until there is only one counter left. A great circle time activity that your class will thoroughly enjoy!
Similar to the game duck, duck, goose, assemble your class in a circle. Choose a number range (within ten numbers) begin walking around the circle counting and select a child by tapping her. The child then picks up the counting sequence and continues until you give her the signal to stop and pick the next counter (the child closest to her when she stops). This game reinforces counting in sequence and in time to mix things up backward sequences can be used.
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. Pupils receive one piece of candy when they count to 20 correctly, or if they hear a classmate make a mistake while counting.
Students discuss the kinds of things they count and how to use tally marks. In this social science lesson, students count animal crackers by using tally marks for each kind of animal. The tally marks are changed into numbers and one person in the group states the "livesotck report." Students do the same thing with the snack mix representing the different crops.

Skip Counting

1st - 2nd
Students practice the skill of skip counting. For this early math lesson, students try counting at different rates, beinning at one and progressing to the number ten. Students create a number grid with Crayola Crayons.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 15 multiple choice questions about Dumas's The Count of Monte CristoStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
Second graders demonstrate how to count change. For this consumer math lesson, 2nd graders read the book The Penny Pot and identify the value of coins. Students complete a worksheet to practice counting coins.
Pupils recognize that counting tells how many objects are in the set irrespective of how they are arranged or the order in which they are counted. They solve problems involving one more or less to a given set using their knowledge of the forward and backward number sequences.
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.
Introduce counting and recognizing numeric order to your little learners. Read the book Mouse Count and pretend to count mice. This lesson is very cute and helps kids count forward and backward from 0 to 10.
Students demonstrate counting to 10 or 20. They read and discuss "The Cheerios Counting Book," match number cards to Cheerios, and create a Cheerios necklace.
Learners practice counting using a website "Let's Count". They point to each object and count and pull down a tab to check their answers.