Counting and Cardinality

Count to tell the number of objects.

4. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

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This page provides examples of Kindergarten Number (Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, and Number and Operations in Base Ten) activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. A CCSS standard is stated and the possible activities are listed below and linked. All activities are suitable for use in Math Centers, small group or whole class settings and are designed to elicit a range of responses and provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking. Instructions for each task are typed in large print and written in child-friendly language to enable students to work on activities independently after a brief introduction to the task. All files listed are in PDF format. | Activity, Game Grade Level: K | |

This lesson introduces students to the measurable attribute of length and provides practice in measuring length using non-standard units. The lesson is launched using the story Ladybug on the Move by Richard Fowler. Lesson objectives, teaching ideas, and handouts are included. | Lesson Plans Grade Level: K, 1 | |

This lesson plan for teachers of kindergarten students involves activities that introduce the concepts of using a non-standard unit to measure length and associating a measurement with a number. After introducing the lesson with a literature connection, students cut out their own measuring cards and use them to compare lengths, and measure distance along a path using a line of ladybug beans and a non-standard tape. Materials, handouts, and suggestions for extensions and parental involvement are included. | Activity, Lesson Plans Grade Level: K Resource is part of a PD collection | |

In this 6-lesson unit students develop concepts of number, relationships between numbers, and equality. They make groups of 10 to 20 objects, connect number names to the groups, compose and decompose numbers, and use numerals to record the size of a group. Each lesson includes visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities, as well as student activity sheets, questions for teachers and students, ideas for assessment and extensions, and links to electronic applets. | Activity, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction Grade Level: K, 1 | |

In this 5-lesson unit students make groups of zero through five objects and connect number words to the groups. They develop counting strategies and use numerals to record the size of a group. Lessons include familiar nursery rhymes and songs, links to interactive applets, and visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities. Also included are student activity sheets, questions for students and teachers, assessment and extension ideas. | Activity, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1 | |

In this 5-minute video Pre-K teacher Rosemary Kungu demonstrates a variety of activities that develop early number skills, including number recognition, counting and ordering numbers. The activities involve active participation and incorporate multiple senses and learning styles, music, and collaboration. A downloadable transcript of the video (doc) is included along with reflection questions for viewers. | Activity, Instructional Strategy, Video Grade Level: Pre-K, K | |

This document provides descriptions and examples of what each Mathematics Common Core standard means a Kindergarten student will know, understand and be able to do. This "unpacking" of the standards provides instructional guidelines and was developed to assist North Carolina educators teach the Mathematics Common Core (Standard Course of Study). | Reference Materials Grade Level: K | |

This 14-minute video looks at how math learning for young children at Great Barr Primary School (Birmingham, UK) is supported by careful observation and collaborative planning by practitioners to further individual student progress. Lead teacher Amanda McKenna describes the school's philosophy that math learning should be fun and part of everyday experiences. Independent play-based experiences are at the heart of young children's mathematical development. Teachers strive to help children become independent mathematical problem solvers through the development of skills such as number recognition, number ordering and calculation. A sidebar suggests questions for viewer reflection. | Activity, Instructional Strategy, Video Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1 | |

In this 5-minute video Barbara McCormick demonstrates an activity that helps her kindergarten students develop number sense. Students mingle and, on the teacher's signal, form themselves into groups of a given number. This active experience with equal groups helps build the foundation for multiplication and division with remainders. A sidebar provides reflection questions for viewers. A downloadable transcript (doc) of the video is included. | Activity, Instructional Strategy, Video Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1, 2 | |

This site features nine Mixing-in-Math fast-paced card games that bring together arithmetic, probability, strategic thinking and logical reasoning. "Capture Cards" and "Ask Me" were designed especially for children just learning to count, compare, and add numbers. Each card game lists the goal, appropriate grade level, number of players and instructions. Players can use regular playing cards or Mixing in Math card decks can be purchased. | Activity, Game Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 |