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Henry's Helpers
Grade Levels
PreK - 1st
Resource Type
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9 pages
Henry's Helpers


A fun and engaging way to help preschoolers develop early math literacy skills and be better prepared to start school. This activity has been tested with preschoolers in several states for engagement, fun and effectiveness. "A great activity for young learners and fun for everyone involved" says Sabrina Maltby, teacher of the year, City of Manchester, NH, This activity meets most states' early learning standards and can be used to assess whether preschoolers are ready for kindergarten. It is both a learning activity and an assessment activity. Key skills include counting, symbol recognition, comparing and sorting. The activity is an engaging way for preschoolers (and kindergartners) to practice their fundamental math and money skills in a real world simulation. They practice going to the Yum Yum Dairy Bar and buy a meal with a limited budget. This activity makes them problem solve in a real world context. It also helps them build nonfiction literacy and social skills. This program has already been used with many ages at libraries in several states. Anyone of any skill set can use this activity to help prevent math phobias in children.

Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
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.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. They bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize-to abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents-and the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved. Quantitative reasoning entails habits of creating a coherent representation of the problem at hand; considering the units involved; attending to the meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them; and knowing and flexibly using different properties of operations and objects.


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