Extension Activities for Counting Collections

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Counting collections are an incredible tool for teaching your students counting, number sense, addition, subtraction, sorting, and more. This resource includes everything you need to know to successfully start and extend counting collections in your classroom.

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:

  • 5 pages of information for teachers including how to gather, organize, launch, and extend
  • 5 days of lesson plans for your first week of counting collections
  • 3 differentiated counting collection recording sheets
  • 7 extension activities that focus on addition, subtraction, sorting, grouping, counting on, and skip counting
  • Detailed rubric for scoring a counting collection
  • If/Then menu for correcting missteps and an explanation for when to use/not use the extension activities included
  • Quick Guide with easy-to-use tips for how to support students in the moment as you observe them counting
  • EDITABLE detailed lesson plan template that you can use each week to plan your mini lessons (Note: Download the included font for formatting to match)

Want to make your math time even more engaging while pushing your students? Try these completely editable Addition and Subtraction Word Problems, then add these Fair Share Word Problems for even more challenge!

This particular resource is designed for kindergarten, but you can make your collections larger and more complex to easily adapt this to older grades.

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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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.


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