Counting disorganized quantities 1-10

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Students learn to count disorganized quantities from 1-10.

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Explain to students that it is important to be able to count to 10, so they know how much of something they have. They also need to be able to count to work with numbers later.

Give each group number cards from 1 to 10. In turns, students take the top card from the pile and say the number out loud.

The interactive whiteboard has a picture of ten strawberries. Use this image to demonstrate how to count the strawberries. Explain that it is useful to point at the strawberries as you count them. That way you avoid missing a strawberry or counting one twice. Show that you can count the strawberries in multiple directions; from bottom to top or left to right. Demonstrate this once and then have students count aloud with you. The next image on the interactive whiteboard has stars. One star is already numbered. Have students count aloud as you write the numbers on the stars. To check that students are able to count quantities, have students count objects in the image. Erase the grey boxes to check their answers. Next ask students to count the objects and choose which answer is correct.

To check that students are able to count disorganized quantities from 1-10 ask them the following questions:

Which number do you start counting at?

How do you count from 1 to 10?

How many objects do you count?

Students first count the quantity of objects they see in an image and answer how many. Next they get a number and have to determine which of the three given amounts matches that number. Finally the quantities are put in an image, and students have to decide which is correct. Encourage students to point at the objects as they count the quantities to support their counting process.

Check that students are able to count disorganized quantities to 10. Emphasize that it is useful to be able to count to 10, so you know how many objects there are. Check that students are able to count to 10 by discussing the statements on the interactive whiteboard. Two students say how many objects they (think) they have. Students in class must decide which one is correct.

When students have difficulty, ask them to practice saying and writing the numbers 1-10 on the number line.

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