Reflection: What Are Numbers?- Introducing 1, 2, & 3 - Section 2: Presentation of Lesson


I love using literature to introduce math concepts!  There are many books available that are written with math concepts in mind, but you can also select other literature and use your own questioning and explanations to relate it to the concept or skill that you are teaching as I did with this lesson and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  I have found that when using literature in math lessons, it is important to set clear expectations.  In my classroom, the reading of a story is a bit different in math than reading because of the amount of choral responses.  I like to have the students count together, which sometimes makes it hard for the students to then remember that they need to raise their hand to ask or answer a questions.  To help with this, I try to start all of my questions with a phrase that lets the students know if I am looking for a choral response or an individual person.

Choral Response:  "Let's count together...."  or "Everybody..."

Individual Response:  "I am looking for a quiet hand to tell me...."

  Using Literature for Math Lessons
  Using Literature for Math Lessons
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What Are Numbers?- Introducing 1, 2, & 3

Unit 2: Numbers 0-5
Lesson 2 of 16

Objective: Students will be able to name and count numbers 1, 2 and 3.

Big Idea: Goldilocks and The Three Bears is a story about a little girl who visits the home of three bears. Lots of things in the house come in 3s! Students will learn about the numbers 1, 2, and 3 by listening to the story and counting objects.

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