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New! Agriculture Counts
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.
Help your kindergartners develop counting skills using a 24 oz. plastic cup, counting manipulatives, and a paper plate. Start with a small group of learners and place a quantity of counting objects between the range of 5 to 10 into each plastic cup. With the group, count each quantity. Next, have each class member select and place counters on their paper plate. Working one-on-one guide each pupil to count their amount off the plate and on. Finally, using a booklet of blank paper, have each class member draw his counters and write the number. This activity can be practiced again and again and can be mixed up by using different counters and number quantities.
Assessing Counting Sequences Part I
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.
Develop automatic, meaningful counting skills with your class by using everyday classroom/school items, objects, and opportunities. Counting skills should be practiced during the year using objects and items they are familiar with and have connection to. Examples: Count the number of chairs, tables, books, and pencils in the classroom or the number of students with long vs. short hair. Record items counted on a regular basis on a class chart or whiteboard, and also allow learners to record counting results on their own. The point is to have the class count together and often. Also, they can gain confidence for using their counting skills in everyday life.
Native American Culture: Counting, 1:1 Correspondence
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. The intention is for them to use the newly-acquired vocabulary while building 1:1 correspondence and counting skills.
Choral Counting I
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.
Choral Counting II
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.
Counting Back: Lesson 1 of 7
Foundational arithmetic is taught using fish-shaped crackers. Little fishermen find differences by counting. They record subtraction in pictures and in vertical and horizontal equation formats. Two excellent worksheets are included in the plan which will facilitate the instruction. Keep this on hand when working to meet Common Core standards.
For any teacher leading a unit on agriculture, this would be a valuable instructional activity. Learners compose an essay on the topic, "Agriculture Counts." The discussion that occurs in-class before any writing begins really does show the many, many ways that agriculture touches our lives in the things we eat, wear, use for recreation... the list goes on. Terrific instructions for how to construct the essay are embedded in this impressive plan.
Assessing Counting Sequences Part II
Access the instructional counting level of your class by prompting them to recall consecutive numbers within a given number range. Working one-on-one with your students and starting with the number range of 1-10, and working toward the 10-20, 20-30, and 30-100 ranges, you will provide a number and they will recall the next number within the sequence. For example, the number after 2 is 3, and after 15 is 16. Note errors, omissions, long pauses, and sub-vocalization as clues to where learners need more instruction. Again, this series provides commentary and solutions to help an educator be prepared for, and aware of, common errors made by young learners.
Down for the Count?
The New York Times article “Supreme Court, Split 5-4, Halts Florida Count in Blow to Gore” provides the opening to an assessment of the United States Supreme Court decision in the case of the 2000 presidential election. Assuming the persona of a Supreme Court judge, a presidential candidate, or a voter, class members assess the text of the ruling. Extension activities, a resource list, and links are included in this very detailed instructional activity.
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!
Ordering and Counting
Are you 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.
Using Counting-on Strategy for Purchasing
Intended for learners with autism and developmental disabilities, this lesson uses the strategy of counting-on to enhance independent shopping skills. Learners will practice counting on to the next dollar value in order to purchase items at a grocery store. After practice, they head out and try their new skills in the community.
The Count of Monte Cristo Cloze Procedure
Is your class ready to read The Count of Monte Cristo? Use the Cloze procedure to determine if the text is a good level for your readers. The first page details the procedure and how to score the text. The following two pages are the text excerpt and blank form, and the final page is a reflection. It appears this was an assignment for a teacher preparation program.
Classroom Guide for Grandfather Counts
Students explore Asian American culture. For this multicultural guided reading lesson, students brainstorm a list of communication tools and share languages they speak. Students read Grandfather Counts by Andrea Cheng, then discuss the meaning of the title and other questions. Students respond to the text verbally and in a reading response journal.
The Count of Monte Cristo Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 15 multiple choice questions about Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Math Lesson Plan: Halloween Candy Counting
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.
Think counting sheep will put you to sleep? Not in this engaging lesson! Scholars get a brief background on shepherds' methods of counting their sheep and the various ways sheep are kept and used. Learners get a geographical perspective on the original shepherding countries and learn the Celtic terms originally used to count a score of sheep. Next, small groups create their own systems for counting sheep using bowls of popcorn. Groups do some math activities comparing their range of vision to that of a sheep, and estimating how many popcorn pieces will fill a hand-print lamb. How can they determine the area using the popcorn as a standard unit? Synthesize this with a class graph demonstrating the area of each lamb body. Although the Irish song link doesn't work, the lyrics are here and it's worth searching online to hear it.
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.