Four centers are included in this bundle:
-Array Count and Clip
-Array Count and Write (includes answer sheet and answer key)
-Play Dough Counting Mats
-Counting Object Strips
This group of math centers has been designed for use in a Kindergarten classroom to cover the following Common Core standards:
• K.CC.5 – Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, rectangle array, or a circle
• K.CC.3 – Write the numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of nothing.
• K.CC.4.a – When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number.
• K.CC.4.b – Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same, regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
• K.CC.4.c – Understand that each successive number refers to a quantity that is one larger.
However, they may be used for students at pre-school age or by 1st or 2nd graders who need a little extra help with their counting skills. I have included my own directions for each of the centers, however you may find many different uses for the centers included.
Array Count and Clip
Array Count and Write
I have differentiated this center for remediation of students who need a multiple choice option and for on level students who are practicing counting and writing the correct number.
For the “Count and Clip” center I cut out each individual card and give all of them to a guided math group along with a set of clothes pins. They are able to count the objects and then place a clip on the correct number. After they finish one they get a new one and when all of the cards are gone the student with the most cards “wins”. I then have the students switch cards with the person next to them and they go again.
For the “Count and Write” center I cut out each individual card and give all of them to a guided math group along with an answer sheet. They look at the letter on the bottom left hand corner of the card, count the objects and then write the answer in the correct spot on the answer form. (If you have not done an activity like this you should go over the concept of locating the correct spot on an answer sheet beforehand or they will answer the questions in order regardless of the card they drawn.) The students will continue until their entire answer sheet is full.
Play Dough Counting Mats
For this Play Dough Center I print on cardstock and laminate and I am able to use them year after year. If you would like a recipe for play dough a great one can be found on my blog at http://mrscarrsclassroom.blogspot.com/ that really cuts down on the cost of using play dough in the classroom!
I put the entire stack of mats in the center of the table for a guided math group and give each student a small container of play dough. The students will put a small dot of play dough in each square and then they will count the dots and write the number of dots of play dough they have on the line. They can do this with a dry erase marker or use play dough to “make” the number.
Counting Object Strips
The next game includes strips with numbers on the left and a large blank area on the right. This game be used in many ways to help students with counting, recognizing numbers and possibly even writing numbers. I laminate these on cardstock and laminate then cut the strips out. Here are a couple of ways you may use these strips.
1. Give the students groups of small math manipulatives such as counting cubes, erasers or fuzzy balls etc. and have them place the correct number of objects on the card. They can do this individually or as a group.
2. Give the students a small tube of play dough and have them use the number on the left to determine the correct number of play dough dots to put on the strip.
3. Give the students a dry erase marker and have the student practice writing the number repeatedly along the rest of the card.
4. Give the student a dry erase marker and have them spell the number word.