Lesson Plan:

Cheerio Counting

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September 6, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to count and write from 1 to 10.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • To begin the lesson, have the class count to 10.
  • Ask students to tell you how old they are. Have them hold up the number of fingers that corresponds to their age.
  • Explain that today the class will be using cheerios to practice counting to 10!

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Read the Cheerios Counting Book.
  • Ask students to help count throughout the book.
  • Show students a cheerio necklace and have students count how many cheerios are on the necklace.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Give each student a piece of paper that has circles on it.
  • Give each student a handful of cheerios.
  • Instruct the class to place 3 cheerios inside the first circle. Then have them write the number 3 below the circle.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Now, have students continue to fill the circles with cheerios and write the amount per circle below.
  • Walk around the room to make sure students are completing the activity correctly.
  • If students are having difficult writing the numbers, write them in highlighter or yellow crayon so students can trace them.



  • Enrichment: Students succeeding in this activity should be given additional circles to fill with cheerios or more cheerios to practice counting 1-20.
  • Support: Using a number line for this activity can help students who have difficulty writing numbers. Prewriting numbers under the circles will help, too!

Related Books and/or Media

  • BOOK: Little Owl's 1-2-3 by Divya Srinivasan


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Give students yarn and another handful of cheerios. Ask students to place a certain number of cheerios on their yarn to create a necklace or bracelet.
  • Count the amount they put on to make sure they are correct.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Invite students to count the cheerios as they eat them!

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