Enhance students' understanding of number sense, skip counting, place value and base ten concepts through counting collections.
*Students begin with a bag of items (for example: beans, popsicle sticks, marbles, unifix cubes, paper clips, pasta, etc.) ranging from 10-1,000 (collection size is based on student ability).
*Begin by having the student(s) study the collection and estimate how many items are in the bag.
*Next, have the student(s) begin counting the items (either independently or in partnerships) to determine the actual amount of items.
*They then use the recording sheet to record and/or create a picture to show how they counted their collection.
*Finally, the student(s) can use the recording sheet to compare their estimate to the actual amount of items.
This is an excellent opportunity for teachers to see what their student(s) know about numbers, counting 1 to 1, making groups, estimation, comparing numbers, etc.
**Check out our counting collection grade level assessments to see how you can use counting collections in your classroom to gather specific information about your students mathematical abilities in relation to their grade level standards.