Counting Collections Extension Activities for Number Sense

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Counting collections are an incredible tool for teaching your students counting, number sense, addition, subtraction, sorting, and more. So much can be done during a counting collection that this activity naturally lends itself to differentiation and individualization.

This resource includes everything you need to know to successfully start counting collections in your classroom. This particular resource is designed for kindergarten, but you can make your collections larger and more complex to easily adapt this to older grades.

Click here to read about why I use counting collections in my kindergarten classroom and how they've completely transformed by math instruction.

Please download the preview to see a more detailed view of exactly what is inside this resource! Included are the following items:

  • Everything You Need to Know: 6 pages of information for teachers including how to gather, organize, launch, and extend CCs
  • Your First Week: Lesson plans for you launch day plus 4 detailed lesson plans to finish out your first week of CCs
  • Student Response Sheets: Counting collection recording sheet plus 7 extension activities
  • Teacher Resources for After the Count: 3 pages that include a rubric for scoring a CC, an If/Then menu for correcting missteps, and an explanation for when to use/not use the extension activities included
  • Quick Guide: Easy-to-use tips for how to support students in the moment as you observe them counting
  • Action Pics: You will see how some of the student pages will look in action!
  • EDITABLE detailed lesson plan template that you can use each week to plan your CC mini lessons (Note: I used Hello Cutie and KG Sorry Not Sorry for the fonts in the lesson plan. Download those to match the formatting or change it to fonts you like!

I hope you give Counting Collections a try in your classroom. They have truly changed the way I teach math and see my students as mathematicians!

If you have any further questions or would like more explanation about using this product, please ask in the Q&A section or email me at researchandplay@gmail.com.

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Attend to precision. Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning. They state the meaning of the symbols they choose, including using the equal sign consistently and appropriately. They are careful about specifying units of measure, and labeling axes to clarify the correspondence with quantities in a problem. They calculate accurately and efficiently, express numerical answers with a degree of precision appropriate for the problem context. In the elementary grades, students give carefully formulated explanations to each other. By the time they reach high school they have learned to examine claims and make explicit use of definitions.
Use appropriate tools strategically. Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem. These tools might include pencil and paper, concrete models, a ruler, a protractor, a calculator, a spreadsheet, a computer algebra system, a statistical package, or dynamic geometry software. Proficient students are sufficiently familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course to make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful, recognizing both the insight to be gained and their limitations. For example, mathematically proficient high school students analyze graphs of functions and solutions generated using a graphing calculator. They detect possible errors by strategically using estimation and other mathematical knowledge. When making mathematical models, they know that technology can enable them to visualize the results of varying assumptions, explore consequences, and compare predictions with data. Mathematically proficient students at various grade levels are able to identify relevant external mathematical resources, such as digital content located on a website, and use them to pose or solve problems. They are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.
Model with mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation. In middle grades, a student might apply proportional reasoning to plan a school event or analyze a problem in the community. By high school, a student might use geometry to solve a design problem or use a function to describe how one quantity of interest depends on another. Mathematically proficient students who can apply what they know are comfortable making assumptions and approximations to simplify a complicated situation, realizing that these may need revision later. They are able to identify important quantities in a practical situation and map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas. They can analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions. They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.
Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.

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