Color quantities 1 to 10

Color quantities 1 to 10

Color quantities 1 to 10

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Color quantities 1 to 10

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Students can color quantities from 1-10. They know which number is represented by each number.

Common core standard(s)



Discuss with students that it is important to be able to color quantities to 10, so they know which number represents each quantity.


Prepare for your lesson by placing a stack of erasers on the table. Ask a student to come to the front and select a correct quantity of erasers and place them on the table. Repeat this task with erasers and books. Ask a different student to come up to the front each time. Next, show the students the lollipops on the interactive whiteboard. Ask the students how many lollipops there are, and how they count them.


On the interactive whiteboard is an image with ten numbered candies from 1 to 10. Point at the candies and count out loud. Say that you can also color the candies. Show the students the picture with one colored candy. Point to the colored candy and count out loud. Next show the image with two colored candies. Again, point at the colored candies and count out loud. Repeat this until you reach 10 colored candies. To check that students know how to color quantities, show a row of apples. Four apples need to be colored. Color the apples (or drag the first apples away to uncover colored apples). This way you demonstrate the correct answer. Repeat this with seven apples. Next show the dots on the interactive whiteboard and ask how nine can be colored. Color the dots (or drag the dots away to uncover colored dots) to demonstrate the correct answer. Finally show the pencils colored in and ask how many are colored. Ask the students to count aloud.

Check that students know how to color quantities of objects by asking the following questions:
How do you figure out how many objects are colored?
How can you make sure you color the right number of objects?

Guided Practice

Students use a worksheet to practice coloring amounts from 1 to 10.


Discuss with students the importance of being able to color quantities to 10, because it shows they understand the relationship between quantity and the number. Ask the students to work in pairs to practice coloring objects to 10. They must first both draw a row of 10 triangles. Next they give each other a specific number of triangles that the other has to color.

Teaching Tip

Students who have difficulties coloring quantities can be supported by writing the numbers 1-10 below the objects. This way they are supported by the number line and can see the number by the quantity. Ask them to count the colored objects one by one. Students who are comfortable with coloring can be challenged to recognize quantities without counting one by one.

Instruction materials

erasers, pencils, books

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