Level: Foundation and Year 1
Author: Janine Sprakel
The purpose of counting is to find ‘how many’ we have altogether. The focus of this activity is for students to count a variety of objects in their home environment, and write the number for each.
List of resources
- Pencils and paper OR a copy of this worksheet for each child
- Clock with a second hand (or a stopwatch, or stopwatch app on a phone)
What to do:
Print the mind map, or draw your own
- Print the worksheet, or the child could copy and answer each item
- Encourage counting out loud. It is OK to touch and count
- The child records the number for each set of objects counted. There is no single, correct answer
- Students should complete as many as they are able
We want children to:
- Use the language of counting.
- Assign numerals to the quantities they count.
- Record the numeral for the quantity counted correctly.
- Explain that the purpose of counting is to find how many we have altogether.
Notes for parents:
- Writing numbers is hard at this age, students often mirror the numbers. See this webpage for a suggested way to write numbers. Children do get better at writing numbers with more practice.
- Encourage the child to count out loud as they go. Your mindset is as important as your child’s. Foster a growth mindset. Instead of thinking “I can’t do this”, encourage them to say, “I can’t do this, yet!”
- Ask your child what they do when they count.
- Some children will need an adult or older child to read these items to them.
- Modify to suit your child. For example, if you live in an apartment and don’t have a back door… change it to How many … steps from your front door to your television?
- Let the child do their best and keep it light and fun.
This activity covers the following Australian Curriculum – Mathematics Content:
- Establish understanding of the language and processes of counting by naming numbers in sequences, initially to and from 20, moving from any starting point (ACMNA001)
- Connect number names, numerals and quantities, including zero, up to 10 and then beyond (ACMNA002)
- Count to and from 100 by ones from any starting point. Skip count by twos, fives and tens starting from zero (ACMNA012)
- Recognise, model, read, write and order numbers to at least 100. Locate these numbers on a number line (ACMNA013)
- Count collections to 100 by partitioning numbers using place value (ACMNA014)