Count and Draw
Lesson 2 of 2
Objective: Students will be able to use one-to-one correspondence with the numerals 1-5.
I start this lesson off by gathering my students on the carpet for a story. I have chosen Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh. This picture book is a great counting story that includes counting up and backwards. Students love the pictures and the rhythm of the story. My math block is right after lunch and recess, so I often use a story to get us calm, re-directed, and back in learning mode.
Today's assignment requires students to draw objects for a given numeral between 1-5. To prepare students for the lesson, each child is given a white board and dry erase marker. I call out random numbers between 1-5. Students are instructed to draw an amount of pictures that correlates with the number I have given. I tell the class the pictures can be anything they wish; stars, circles, dots, etc. Once children finish their pictures, I ask them to hold up their boards. This is an easy way for me to take a status of the class. I have included pictures of this activity.
Today's assignment requires students to look at a given numeral from 1-5, and draw pictures to match. During the mini-lesson the class practiced this, so I am hoping students will be successful. I collect the white boards and instruct students to complete the assignment exactly like we practiced. I move around the room and assist as needed.
This lesson practices one-to-one correspondence. One-to-one correspondence provides a meaningful counting experience that will eventually lead to higher level thinking in mathematics. In addition, students are attending to precision.