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Gummy Candy Count

Lore Davis
Alachua County Schools


Students count up to 10 objects in a group to find out how many.


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

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


-The book [The Gummy Candy Counting Book] by Amy and Richard Hutchings, 1997, New York, Scholastic, ISBN 0-590-34127-8
-Five bowls of 15 fish counters
-One 16 oz. bag of gummy candies
-Five bowls to hold approximately 20 gummy candies
-One work mat for each child (12 inches by 9 inches laminated construction paper works great!)
-Two to four pieces of 8 and one half by 11 inches paper for each child
-Pencil for each child
-4 dice


Gather all items needed from the materials list.


This is the last lesson in the unit, A Counting We Will Go.

1. Tell the students that today you will begin by having a review of identifying numbers from 1-10, counting objects to ten and writing numbers from 1-10.

2. Then, review these concepts with the students. Show students a number card from 1-10. Have them identify the number and then use fish counters (or other type counters if these are not available) to show the specified number of counters. Then, have the students write the number on a piece of paper. Check for accuracy. Continue this process with numbers from 1-10.

3. Share the book The Gummy Candy Counting Book with the students during small group instruction. Have the children count along as they look at each page. Identify the number and color on each page after the items are counted. Have the children repeat the number.

4. Next, have the students take turns showing a specified number of gummy candies on each mat. For example, roll a dice then choose a child to place the number of gummy candies specified on the mat. Then, roll the dice again and choose another child to place the specified number of gummy candies on the mat. Model this several times.

5. Next, students will work in cooperative groups of two and take turns rolling the dice, identifying the number on the dice. Both students will then use markers to draw the specified number of gummy candies on his/her paper. They should also write the number.

6. Students should then return to group and share their work with the group. The group can help count the candies on each student's sheet.

7. The summative assessment will follow today's lesson. See Extensions for more information.


Teacher observation of student records and teacher observation of student counting the number of candies during the activity. The student should identify the written number and the number of candies on each page. The two performance levels are 1) mastered (student is able to use objects to represent whole numbers to 10) and 2) being developed (student is able to use objects to represent some whole numbers to 10). This coincides with the kindergarten report card.


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

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