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Count to Answer “How Many?”

Kindergarten • Half Day Lesson Plan
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Lesson Plan Description

This fully scripted Kindergarten half day lesson plan is broken down into 2 separate segments (30-60 minutes each). These lessons address Counting and 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 (K.CC.5). These lessons include: a review of counting to 20, whole group and partner practice counting up to 20 objects, a bonus counting to 20 challenge, an exit slip as an optional assessment component, and a game called, “Search and Find: A Game of Counting” to help students practice counting up to 20 objects.

  • Segment 1: Students will rote count numbers 1 – 20, do 1 to 1 correspondence counting 1 – 20 as a whole group, practice counting up to 20 items arranged in different ways (line, rectangular array, and circle), count up to 10 items when scattered, practice counting items 1 – 20 with partners/a small group, and will display their understanding for rational counting for numbers up to 20.
  • Segment 2: Students will play “Search and Find; a game of counting” to further strengthen their understanding of counting to answer “how many?” questions.

These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.