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Let's Count to 5

Pre-K-2
Number and Operations
Grace M. Burton
Location: unknown

In this unit, students make groups of zero through five objects and connect number words to the groups. They use numerals to record the size of a group. Familiar nursery rhymes and songs and visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities are included in each lesson. This unit is most appropriate for students learning at the prekindergarten and kindergarten levels.

Math Content

Students will:

  • Understand relationships among whole numbers.
  • Develop counting strategies, including rote counting and rational counting to maintain a one-to-one correspondence between objects and number words.
  • Represent numbers in multiple ways, including grouping, ordering, and describing groups.
  • Match numerals and sets.
 

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Number and Operations

Focus on Two

Pre-K-2
A nursery rhyme provides a context for using the number 2. Students make groups of two, write the numeral 2, and record a group of two on a personal recording chart.
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Number and Operations

Three in a Set

Pre-K-2
In this lesson, students construct sets of three, compare them with sets of two, and write the numeral 3. They also show a set of three on their recording chart.
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One, Two, Three--Go

Pre-K-2
After reviewing the numbers 2 and 3, students construct and identify sets of one. They compare sets of one, two, and three objects and record a set of three in chart form.
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Number and Operations

Finding Four

Pre-K-2
Students explore the number 4. They make sets of four, write the numeral 4, and compare sets of four to sets of one, two, and three.
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Number and Operations

Here's a Handful

Pre-K-2
Students construct sets of up to five items, write the numeral 5, identify sets of five, and record "5" on a chart. They also play a game that requires recognizing the numerals to 5. This lesson provides opportunities for connecting mathematics with music.
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Zero Our Hero

Pre-K-2
Students explore sets of zero items and practice writing the numbers 0 through 5. Students count back from five, identify sets of up to five items, and record "0" on a chart. They also construct sets of up to five items.