Reflection: Lesson Planning Counting Strips - Section 1: Setting Up the Learning


This lesson is very successful at helping students notice that they are reversing numbers. Number reversals are such a common misconception students have when they first learn how to write their numbers, and it can drive first grade teachers crazy!

Because students write their numbers on top of each other, rather than beside each other, it helps them see how the "tens place" or the "front number" stays the same. It also helps them notice that the ones place counts from 0 to 9 over and over. 

This lesson also works really well as an intervention activity. Students who were still struggling with number writing did this activity a few more times in a small group until they were solid on writing numbers to 100.

  Why this activity?
  Lesson Planning: Why this activity?
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Counting Strips

Unit 2: Count to 100 Every Day!
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: SWBAT use patterns in the way numbers are written to help them identify mistakes and reversals.

Big Idea: This fun lesson allows students to focus on making sure they write their numbers correctly. It especially focuses on reversals-a first grade teacher lifesaver!

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