## What Counts?

### Helen Johnson

#### Description

This book building activity is a fun way to reinforce counting from 1-10. Students count and write numbers up to 10.

#### Objectives

The student counts up to 10 or more objects using verbal names and one-to-one correspondence.

The student reads and writes numerals to 10 or more.

The student uses sets of concrete materials to represent quantities, to 10 or more, given in verbal or written form.

#### Materials

-Construction Paper
-Glue
-Crayons
-Craft sticks, beans, straws, etc. (55 objects per student)
-Stapler
-Chalkboard
-Counting book such as [Anno's Counting Book] by Mitsumasa Anno. Harper Trophy. September 1986. ISBN 0064431231

#### Preparations

1. Locate a counting book.
2. Gather materials for activity.

#### Procedures

1. Read a counting book to students that demonstrates counting. I would recommend [Anno's Counting Book] by Mitsumas Anno because Anno presents the numbers in a very interesting way. Although he begins with -0- in an empty field, it is a wonderful counting book that could be expanded to teach other concepts such as seasons. Tell the students that they can now practice counting a variety of things and refer to the story for help.

2. Have students orally review counting from 1-10. List numbers on the chalkboard as they say them. Use various objects to demonstrate counting one to ten (ex. beans, blocks, etc…). Call upon several students to model this behavior.

3. Tell the students that they will now create their own counting books and this will help them practice counting.

4. Give each student 11 half or quarter sheets of construction paper. The first sheet will be the bookcover.

5. Have the students write their names on the back of ten of the pages. This will prevent the students from using another student’s pages.

6. Distribute craft sticks, beans, or straws to students. Students should use the same ten objects throughout their books. Each student will need at least 55 objects. Straws could be cut into several pieces to stretch resources.

7. Have the students take one object (ex. Craft stick), and glue it to the first page and write the number -1- on the page. Next have the student glue two objects to the second page and write number -2- on the page. Continue this process through number ten.

8. Write “My Number Book” on the chalkboard and tell the students to copy it on the cover page of their book. Tell the students to write their names on the front of the books.

9. When glue has dried, tell the students the place the pages in order from 1-10. If the students have the correct order, staple the pages together.

10. As the students finish, ask them to practice reading their counting books to a partner. Tell the students to raise their hands, if they are ready to read their books to the teacher. Teachers may write down a list of students who raised their hands and call on them individually to read their books to the teacher.

11. To test understanding have the individual students count aloud in their book, point to and know the numbers, and point to and know the objects. Give the students feedback by using a smiley face which shows mastery or a sad face which shows needs help.

#### Assessments

Assess the students' completed counting books. To test understanding, have the individual students count aloud in the book, point to and know the numbers, and point to and know the objects. Give the students feedback by using a smiley face which shows mastery or a sad face which shows needs help. The checklist is included in the attached file.

#### Extensions

Have the students write the number words in their counting books.
Have the students add to their counting books as they learn to count higher than 10.

#### Attached Files

A checklist used for assessment purposes.     File Extension: pdf