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Matching Numbers

Teach your class about the relationship between numbers and quantities with this lesson that has students use their counting skills to match a number of objects with their written value.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try theBeach Counting to TenAnd How Many Fish in the Ocean?Pre-lessons.
  • Students will be able to understand the maths concept that a given number of objects can be assigned only one number.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Gather students together and tell them that today they're going to learn about counting.
  • Show students the number cards and the objects they will use to count.
(10 minutes)
  • Flip through the cards and have the students identify each number as you show them the card.
  • As you lay down a card, read the number and count out the same number of objects and lay them next to the number card.
  • Continue with the rest of the numbers and objects.
  • Tell students that they will try this themselves.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students try the activity one at a time until you see that they have grasped the concept.
  • Encourage students to try it even if they do not seem confident.
  • Work alongside the students that need some help.
  • Send students back to their tables to work independently by matching the numbers to objects.
(10 minutes)
  • Set up a work area for students with number cards and objects for counting.
  • Allow students to experiment on their own.
  • Rotate around the room to help struggling students.
  • Appreciate students' efforts with positive comments.

Support:

  • Focus on number identification and the development of fine motor skills with struggling students.

Enrichment:

  • Use the same cards and objects to introduce addition and subtraction to advanced students.
(5 minutes)
  • Observe your students as they work independently to see if they understand the lesson.
  • Ask questions as they work to check if they have an understanding of the concept.
(5 minutes)
  • Gather students back together and ask clarifying questions to solidify your class' understanding. Example: "How many buttons should be given to the number 9 card?"
  • Review the lesson the next day or a few days later to check for absorption of material.

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