Color amounts to 5

Color amounts to 5

Color amounts to 5

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Color amounts to 5

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Students learn to color amounts from 1-5. They know the number that belongs to the amount either colored or blank.

Common core standard(s)



Discuss with students that it is important to be able to color amounts to 5 because then you know which number belongs to which amount.


On your table place a group of two pens, of three pens, and of four pens. Ask a student to come to the front of the class and point out which group has two pens. Repeat this exercise with a ruler with a maximum group of 5 objects. Show the images and ask students to say how many of each object they see.


The interactive whiteboard shows five apples with the numbers 1 to 5. Point at the apples and count them aloud. Show that you can also color the apples. First show the row with one apple colored. Point at the apple and count aloud. Then the students see two colored apples. Here again, point to the two colored apples and count aloud. Repeat this until you complete with all 5 colored apples. To check that students understand how to color an amount, show a row of pencils. Three need to be colored. Color the pencils or drag the first three pencils away, uncovering colored pencils. You can demonstrate the correct answer this way. Do the same with the candies. Finally show the snails on the interactive whiteboard and ask how many are colored. Ask the students to count aloud.

Check to see if students understand how to color amounts by asking the following questions:
How do you know how many objects are colored?
How do you make sure you color the right amount of objects?

Guided Practice

Students make use of the worksheet to practice coloring amounts to 5.


Discuss with students the importance of coloring amounts to 5, so you know which number belongs with which amount. Ask students to say how many stars are colored. Then show the row of hearts and say that one heart must be colored. Color the heart or drag it away to demonstrate the correct answer.

Teaching Tip

Students who have difficulty coloring amounts can write the numbers 1 to 5 under the objects. That way they see the number line and can see which number belongs to which amount. Let them count the colored objects one by one. Students who are comfortable with this can also practice recognizing amounts without counting one by one.

Instruction materials

Pens, rulers

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