- 60 minutes
- Standards: K.CC.A.3
Teach your preschoolers their home phone numbers, and reinforce the digits zero through nine! Learning phone numbers can also help your students if they have an emergency or get lost.
Students will be able to identify their home phone numbers.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Ask students if they have ever used a telephone, and then ask if they know their home telephone numbers.
- Explain that a phone is a device that can be used to contact family and friends to keep in touch.
- Tell the students that a phone can also be used in case of an emergency.
- Inform your students that today they will learn their home telephone numbers, which give them access to their parents or guardians in case they are ever in trouble.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Show the students the numbers 0 through 9 on flashcards out of numeric order.
- Have the students call out the numbers collectively as a group.
- Ensure that all students are able to master the numbers before proceeding.
- Show the students a touch-tone phone.
- Inform the students that a telephone number is made up of 10 numbers.
- Inform the students that the first three numbers are the area code, which distinguishes a geographic area.
- Tell the students that the last 7 numbers of their home telephone numbers identify the unique phone number that belongs to their families.
- Write a phone number on the whiteboard.
- Have a student come to the front of the room and dial the phone number on the touch-tone phone.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Provide each student with the My Phone Number worksheet.
- Call out various phone numbers, and have the students practice dialing on their worksheets.
- Next, provide each student with their home numbers written on a slip of paper.
- Have each student write his number on his worksheet.
- Check to make sure the phone number is copied correctly.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Have the students practice dialing their home phone numbers on their worksheets.
- Instruct them to work in pairs and exchange phone numbers with a classmate.
- Enrichment: Encourage your students to record the phone numbers of all their friends in the classroom.
- Support: Give the students a toy phone to make the activity more realistic and meaningful. Alternatively, provide phone numbers without the area code, and add the area code once the 7 digit number has been mastered.
Related Books and/or Media
- GAME: Numbers Ice Cream Attack
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Conference with each student, and ask him to recite his phone number.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Have the students recite a phone number from the whiteboard.
- Ask a volunteer to come up and press the numbers on the touch-tone phone.