Matching Numbers

  • Preschool, Kindergarten
  • Math
  • 45 minutes
  • Standards: K.CC.B.4
  • 5.0 based on 1 rating
July 9, 2015
by Rekha Mundkur

Teach your class about the relationship between numbers and quantities with this lesson that has students use their counting skills to match a number of objects with their written value.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to understand the math concept that a given number of objects can be assigned only one number.

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Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Gather students together and tell them that today they're going to learn about counting.
  • Show students the number cards and the objects they will use to count.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Flip through the cards and have the students identify each number as you show them the card.
  • As you lay down a card, read the number and count out the same number of objects and lay them next to the number card.
  • Continue with the rest of the numbers and objects.
  • Tell students that they will try this themselves.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Have students try the activity one at a time until you see that they have grasped the concept.
  • Encourage students to try it even if they do not seem confident.
  • Work alongside the students that need some help.
  • Send students back to their tables to work independently by matching the numbers to objects.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Set up a work area for students with number cards and objects for counting.
  • Allow students to experiment on their own.
  • Rotate around the room to help struggling students.
  • Appreciate students' efforts with positive comments.



  • Enrichment: The same cards and objects can be used to introduce addition and subtraction to advanced students.

  • Support: Focus on number identification and the development of fine motor skills with struggling students.

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Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Observe your students as they work independently to see if they understand the lesson.
  • Ask questions as they work to check if they have an understanding of the concept.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Gather students back together and ask clarifying questions to solidify your class' understanding. Example: How many buttons should be given to the number 9 card?
  • Review the lesson the next day or a few days later to check for absorption of material.

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