Lesson Plan:

# Bug Counting and Quantifying

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October 22, 2015

## Learning Objectives

Students will be able to count and quantify a group of objects.

## Lesson

### Introduction (5 minutes)

• Show your students some books and read or take a picture walk, if desired, and bring out a fly swatter.
• Pretend to a follow path of a fly buzzing around and direct your students' attention to group of pompoms on a floor or table.
• Swat pompoms and verbally model wondering how many you "caught."

### Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

• Demonstrate pulling off pompoms and counting as you place them in a jar, other container, or on an image of a jar.
• State how pleased you are that you caught a certain number of flies for your collection. Tell your students that you're going to label them with a number.
• Count out loud as you model numbering the flies.

### Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

• Repeat the process for catching bugs, and have students help you through the steps again.
• Discuss other ways you have collected and counted a quantity, such as counting napkins for snack, counting students for attendance, or counting tokens for classroom management. Have two or more students work together to demonstrate for the group.

### Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

• Set up materials for independent work by providing students with jars, whiteboards, worksheets, or file folders.
• Note: Trays are helpful to corral pompoms for individual students. Provide a bowl or bin for pompoms to scatter on trays. Demonstrate proper play with fly swatters and problem solving ideas for students when working together.

## Extend

### Differentiation

• Enrichment: Advanced students can sort by color or size instead of counting.
• Support: Draw circles on bug jar worksheets for easier placement and to help students understand 1:1 correspondence.

## Review

### Assessment (5 minutes)

• Direct observation, work sample, peer feedback or assessment, and they're "ticket out the door" should suffice to check for understanding.

### Review and Closing (5 minutes)

• During a question and reflection component, have students demonstrate skill and show work samples. Set up opportunities during the day for students to demonstrate concept with other materials.