Twinkie the Rabbit: Exploring the Number 12

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Students will be able to identify, count and represent the number 12.

Big Idea

Students will have fun exploring the number 12 with Twinkie the Rabbit.


10 minutes

For this part of the lesson, you will need the story Twinkie the Rabbit Has a Garden included as a PDF with this lesson.  I print the story on a colored printer and then laminate the pages for durability.  I bind it with a comb binder.  You could also staple the story or use rings to bind the book.

I gather the students around my big chair.  I want to activate prior knowledge and expose my English Language Learners to new vocabulary words, so I begin with having a discussion with my students about gardens.  I ask them what a garden is and what types of things might they find growing in a garden.  We discuss how gardens can grow vegetables, fruits or even flowers.  I then have them turn to a neighbor and share what is their favorite thing that is grown in a garden.  

I then tell the students, The story I am going to read to you today is called Twinkie the Rabbit Plants a Garden.  I am curious to see if any of the things that we talked about are in Twinkie's Garden.  Listen to hear if Twinkie planted something you told your neighbor.

I begin reading the story to the students. 

Page 1:  This is Twinkie the rabbit.  Twinkie has a garden full of vegetables.  He wants to pick the vegetables to make stew for his friends. 

Page 2:  First, Twinkie is going to pick 12 carrots.  Can you help him count 12 carrots?  I invite the students to count with me as I purposefully point to each item.

Page 3-5:  Continue as with page 2, pointing to each item as the students count to help develop one to one correspondence.

Page 6:  Twinkie has all his vegetables to make his stew.  Now his friends can come over to share Twinkie's stew.

Speech Bubbles:  Wait a minute!  There’s no meat in this stew!  We thought we were having rabbit stew!    Um…I gotta hop!  We discuss why the rabbit is ready to take off.  

We now move over to the SMARTBoard to continue our lesson.  

Direct Instruction

15 minutes

For this portion of the lesson, I use my SMARTBoard.  If you have a SMARTBoard, the file can easily be downloaded and opened.  If you have a different type of interactive whiteboard, you can still use this lesson by opening the file in Smart Notebook Express.  There is also a PDF of the slides so you can recreate this part of the lesson.

I gather my students in front of the SMARTBoard.  I have cards with each student's name on.  These cards are used for selecting who will come up to the SMARTBoard.

I open the first slide (SMARTBoard Slide 1) with the lesson objective written in "student friendly" terms.  There is a content objective and a language objective to help focus on vocabulary expansion for my English Learners (ELs) to be congruent with SIOP instructional techniques. I read these objectives aloud for my students.

Content Objective
I can find the number twelve, count twelve items, write the number twelve and make a group with twelve items.

Language Objective
I can use the number twelve to tell a friend how many items are in a group.

Slide 2:  This is the number twelve. It has two digits a 1 and a 2.

Slide 3:  When I count, I say the number 12 after the number 11.  I count aloud, inviting the students to count with me.  

Slide 4:  There are twelve heads of lettuce.  I touch each one as I count, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12.  I purposefully touch each head of lettuce as I count to build one-to-one correspondence.

Slide 5:  Which group has twelve.  Erase the circle to check.  I invite a student to come up and count the tomatoes to find the group with 12.    After the students erases, we count the bananas as a group to check his or her work.  Do you know how many are in the other groups? I invite additional students up to the SMARTBoard to count the other groups and tell how many are in them.  They erase to check their answer.  Again, the class counts as a group to double check their counting. 

Slide 6: Can you make a group that has twelve?  Count as you move the cucumbers, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12. I stress that the student needs to count each cucumber as it is moved.  We again check the student’s work by counting aloud. 

Slide 7:  Now let's try to put twelve green beans in the basket. I invite a student to come up and drag 12 bean in the basket, reminding them to count aloud.  We count to check the student’s work. 

Slide 8:   A number 12 is just like making a 1 and a 2.  Start at the top and go straight down to the bottom line. To make a number two, start at the green dot.  Curve around and slant down.  Stop at the red dot.  Do not pick up your pencil.

Slide 9:  It is now Turn and Talk time.  Turn and Talk helps English Language Learners build their academic vocabulary.  I have the students hold hands in the air with their designated Turn and Talk partner so I can check to make sure everyone is partnered up  I then ask them the question from the slide, Now, turn to a friend and tell them how many ears of corn there are. Now, how many peppers are there?

After the students have had time to talk, I invite a student to share with the class.  I ask, How many ears of corn are there? The student replies,  12.  I invite the student to come up and count the corn for the class.  To help reinforce English language, I repeat the answer as a complete sentence.  I say, That’s right.  There are 12 ears of corn.  It is important for the students to hear the answer phrased as a sentence.  I then ask the students how many peppers are in the group.  I repeat the process as above, having the student count the peppers and then I restate the answer in a complete sentence for the students. 

We return to our seats for guided practice.

Guided Practice

10 minutes

For this part of the lesson, you will need the Twinkie the Rabbit Student Book included as a PDF with this lesson.  Two print two books, just use the double staple option on the copy machine and cut the booklets in half. 

I distribute the books to the students and I have them write their names on the book.  I tell them, Now we are going to read the Twinkie the Rabbit story as a class.  We will get a chance to practice counting to 12 and writing the number 12.  I ask the students to point to the title on the page.   We read it together. 

We then turn to the first page.  I invite the students to read with me.  After we read each page, I invite the students to count the items on each page together with me.  When we are done counting each page, the students pick up their pencil and trace the number 12.  I remind them to start their numbers at the top line.

We continue in this fashion until we have completed the book.  I then have the students set the book aside at their spot.  There will be time to color in the book after our independent practice.  

Independent Practice and Informal Assessment

10 minutes

For this part of the lesson, you will need the Number 12 Activity sheet included as a PDF with this lesson. The students will need crayons and a pencil as well. 

I pass out the activity sheet to the students.  I have them put their name on the sheet and then I tell them, We are going to help Twinkie the Rabbit gather some vegetables from the garden.  Twinkie needs 12 of each vegetable.  You are going to count and color in 12 tomatoes.  After you are done with the tomatoes, count and color in 12 carrots and then 12 heads of lettuce.   Then you will practice writing the number 12.  

The students begin working (see Video) and I circulate around the room to observe their work and correct any mistakes.  When the students are done with their work, I have them bring it to me. I ask them to count one group of 12 that they colored in so I can check their understanding of the number and one-to-one correspondence.