How Many Dots Does a Ladybug Have?

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Students will be able to use one-to-one correspondence to count up to 10.

Big Idea

Kindergartners love using props. In this lesson, ladybugs are used as a fun manipulative!


10 minutes

This is an activity that I use as one of my math stations, so there is not a formal introduction to this lesson. The stations are very briefly discussed at the beginning of the week. This takes approximately 10 minutes. I am fortunate to have a para-pro and parent helper each day of the week during my station time, so  they are able to assist students, keep them on task, and work with them at stations. With 3 adults in the room, instructions are able to be brief, as anyone who is having difficulty will be noticed. My station activities always target skills that we have previously learned.

During station time, my students are broke into 2 groups (12 students in each group- totaling 24). On Mondays & Wednesdays, group 1 is working on stations, while group 2 is using technology. Technology includes i Pads, lap tops, and the smart board. On Tuesdays & Thursdays, group 2 is working on stations, while group 1 is using technology. Fridays are free choice. All students use technology and re-visit any of their favorite stations from the week. I have included a picture of my schedule that is displayed in my classroom.

How Many Dots Does a Ladybug Have?

15 minutes

This activity focuses on counting and cardinality up to 10. I was lucky to be given a set of plush ladybugs from another teacher that had changed grade levels. There are 10 ladybugs and velcro black dots that can be attached to the ladybug. I have included a picture of the set I was given.

To improvise, I would suggest buying red plastic bowls and making pre-cut black circles. Students could use a reusable tack as an adhesive to put on the dots.

Students must velcro the black dots on to the ladybugs, ordering them from 1-10. I like this activity because it covers several mathematical areas: counting, one-to-one correspondence, and sequencing. I have included a picture and video of my students sharing their finished product.

Students take approximately 12-15 minutes at this station.