Counting to 20: Get 'Em in Order!

October 11, 2015
by Dwayne Slobodnick

Your students will have fun working with numbers to 20 with this exciting and interactive lesson with music, movement, and hands-on experiences!

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to count, order, and say what number comes before and after a number from 0-20.

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Lesson

Introduction (20 minutes)

  • Explain to the students that they will be working with ordering numbers from 0-20 today.
  • Play the Count to 20! video.
  • Write the word “order” on the board, and explain that order is the arrangement of things in a particular pattern or sequence. You could order some students by their height as an example.
  • Ask the students to come together and show them the 0-20 Number Line Template. Tell them that they will soon make their own.
  • Show students how to cut out and glue the number line together.
  • Display the numbers 1-20 in order and have the whole class count to 20 with you.
  • Ask the students go back to their desks.
  • Hand out the Number Line Template, and tell them to begin cutting and gluing.
  • Go around and assist any struggling students with this task.
  • When the students are finished, bring them back together to explain the next activity.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Show students a bag of number cards and demonstrate pulling one out.
  • Look at the number and say it.
  • Hold up the number to the number line you previously made, and locate where it goes on the number line.
  • Use adhesive putty to stick it to the board.
  • Pull out another number and repeat the process.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Continue this activity, and ask students to come up, pick a number, and show you where it goes in order compared to the other numbers already chosen.
  • Ask students to explain their thinking when ordering the numbers.
  • Tell the students that they will all get to order numbers at their desks.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to go back to their desks, and hand out the bags of Number Cards to them.
  • Tell the students to pull out the numbers and put them in order.
  • Remind them that they can use the number lines they made to help them if needed.
  • Walk around and observe how the students order their numbers.
  • When finished, ask the students to put their numbers back in their bags.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: To challenge students, put students in pairs. Tell the students to put their numbers in order from 1-20. Have one of the students look away while the other flips a card or two over. The other student looks at the numbers and says what card if flipped. Then switch and repeat.
  • Support: Students can work with numbers to 10 before going on to 20.

Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Observe how the students ordered the numbers 1-20.
  • Observe how they worked when comparing their numbers.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Bring the students back together.
  • Select 20 students and give them numbers between 1 and 20.
  • Ask the group to get in order from 1-20.
  • Play the Count to 20! video again, and have the students sing and move.

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