# 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.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Beach Counting to TenAnd How Many Fish in the Ocean?Pre-lessons.

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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Beach 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.
(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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