To introduce this lesson, I play a Halloween Counting song from YouTube. The video has an ad that must be skipped over, so I just make sure it is paused at the right spot and ready to go ahead of time. The video also needs to be stopped at 1:43, to avoid the advertisements that follow.
I begin the lesson with this video for several reasons:
After our song, children are seated in front of the white board. This is where I give instruction for today's task.
The assignment has two Halloween pictures; a bat and a pumpkin. The pictures consist of strips labeled from 1 to 10. Students cut apart the picture, and then must put the picture back together again, sequencing from 1-10. When students are re-creating the picture, they glue the strips on to a piece of construction paper.
I gather children around the white board and we count up to 10 as I point to each numeral on the picture. Next I demonstrate the task by cutting out the 1, and gluing it down. Once I get the numeral 1 glued down, I call students up to glue the the next two numerals down (2, 3). We are now looking at a partial picture formed by the sequence 1, 2, 3. At this point, I believe the class is ready to go try independently. I allow my students to pick which Halloween picture they would like to sequence, the cat or the pumpkin.
This activity requires children to cut out numerals 1-10 and sequence them to make a Halloween picture. Sequencing is an important mathematical skill. The process of sequencing allows children to eventually move on to seeing patterns and structures within numbers. The picture helps guides students who may need some help with sequencing.
Students work at their tables to cut apart, sequence and glue back together, the Halloween puzzle. I walk around the room to assist, and spend a large amount of time at each table. Many Kindergartners have a difficult time keeping all the strips they had, cut organized. Students mix their strips in with each others. I address this in my reflection. I have included some pictures of the class at work.