This resource is a lesson introducing and/or reinforcing the mathematical concept of counting on and counting back. The teacher uses a counting book of their choice or you can choose from the bibliography list provided on the website. As the teacher reads, the students use counting cubes to count on or count back depending on the book chosen. Students display their cubes both horizontally and vertically and then record their answers horizontally and vertically.
This lesson offers students the opportunity to engage in exploration of ways to sort different objects. The Lesson begins with a pre assesment option of students prior sorting knowledge. Students are given three shapes and asked to sort the shapes from left to right from smallest to largest. Then students are asked to trace the shapes in order for the teacher to keep as a record of student growth.
Once the pre assessment is given students are put into groups with different levels of ability. Students are then given materials to sort such as pattern blocks, animal counters, crayons, etc. (Additional suggestions are made on the website). Students work together to sort their objects and then discuss their rule for sorting.
Students come together in a large group to share their rule for sorting. Then students go back into their small groups and try to sort their objects in a different way by using the suggestions of their peers.
Finally, students can record their rule for sorting with sentences, words, or pictures depending on the grade/ability level.