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Dinosaurs Dancing Counting

Lore Davis
Alachua County Schools


The student counts objects in a group to find out how many.


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


-Book: Connelly, Luella. [Dinosaurs Dancing]. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1990.
-5 Bowls of dinosaur counters (approximately 20 in each bowl)
-5 Work mats (9 x 12 laminated construction paper works well)
-8 x 11 paper (enough for 2-3 sheets per child)
-Pencil for each child
-Dinosaur stamps
-4 Stamp pads
-4 Decks of playing cards (remove kings, queens, jacks and aces)


1. Obtain and preview the book [Dinosaurs Dancing].
2. Gather materials.


Note: This lesson requires prior experiences counting up to ten objects with one-to-one correspondence.

1. Share the book [Dinosaurs Dancing] with the students during small-group instruction. Have the children count along as they look at each page. Identify the number on each page after the dinosaurs are counted. Have the children repeat the number.

2. Share the book again with the students. Students should count the dinosaurs on each page again. Then, have students count to see how many dinosaurs there are in all.

3. Next, have the students take turns using dinosaur counters to show the number of dinosaurs on each page. This can be done on a work mat.

4. Then, show the students a number card. The students should take turns identifying the number and then counting the number of objects on the card. After counting the objects on the card (ex. 4 diamonds), the student should match the number of objects by placing the same number of dinosaur counters (4 dinosaurs) on his/her mat. After doing this a couple of times, choose a child to make a record of the number of matched dinosaurs. Example: One student turns over a card and then matches the number on the card with dinosaur counters. Next, the student writes the number on his/her paper and stamps that number of dinosaurs on the paper.

5. Students then work in cooperative groups of two to continue this activity on their own record sheets.

6. When finished, students should return to the group and share their record sheets. The group can help count the dinosaurs in each booklet.


Formatively assess students through teacher observation as they count, match, and record the number of dinosaurs on their papers. Provide corrective and effective feedback while monitoring student progress.

Students identify the written number and the number of dinosaurs on each record sheet. The two performance levels are:
1. Mastered - student is able to use objects to represent whole numbers to 10.
2. Being developed - student is able to use objects to represent some whole numbers to 10.
NOTE: These performance levels coincide with the kindergarten report card.

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