Lesson plan

4. Connecting numbers to numerals (C)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.A.3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/K/CC/A/3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP2

You have saved this lesson plan!

Here's where you can access your saved items.

Content placeholder

or to view additional materials

You'll gain access to interventions, extensions, task implementation guides, and more for this lesson plan.

Lesson objective: Undertsand that a written numeral can be used to represent the count of a set of objects.

Students bring prior knowledge of rote counting to 10 from K.CC.1. This prior knowledge is extended to written numerals as students connect their verbal count to a written one. A conceptual challenge students may encounter is confusing which written numerals represent which count. 

The concept is developed through work with dot cards, which represent both the written numeral and a set of objects that students can count.

This work helps students deepen their understanding of number because any set of objects can be counted and represented by a written numeral.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 2 (Reason abstractly and quantitatively) as they connect concrete representations of numbers to written numerals.

Key vocabulary:

  • cube
  • numeral

Special materials needed:

  • cubes for counting