Lesson Plan:

Number Recognition 1-10

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August 17, 2015
by D'Vonne White

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and write numbers one to ten.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Have the students come together as a group.
  • To motivate the students, begin by saying, "Today, we will be learning about numbers. Raise your hand if you know a number."
  • Randomly select students to share the number they know. This taps into their prior knowledge.
  • Write down the numbers that are shared on the board.
  • Say, "I will share with you a poem by Mother Goose that uses all the numbers from one to ten."
  • Read the poem One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.
  • Have the students recite the poem after you.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Draw a large circle on your board.
  • Place 10 magnetic shapes to the right of the circle.
  • Explain to the students that there are no items in the circle. Nothing there represents the number zero. Zero represents nothing at all.
  • Move one magnetic shape into the circle, then write the number 1 above the circle. Have the students repeat, "one."
  • Add another magnetic shape into the circle. Count one, two. Erase the 1 and write 2. Have the students repeat, "one, two."
  • Repeat until all 10 magnetic shapes are in the circle, changing the number at the top of to reflect the number of items in the circle.
  • Use your index finger to count all 10 magnetic shapes in the circle.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Have the students return to their desks.
  • Each student should have a piece of construction paper and glue.
  • Each student should have 55 beads, buttons, or foam shapes.
  • Model the upcoming activity on the whiteboard using magnetic shapes.
  • Make a list on the board: 1-10. Have the students copy you as you place the correct amount of items next to each number.
  • Below is an example how the students' work should look. Each asterisk represents a bead, button, or foam shape.
    1 *
    2 **
    3 ***
    4 ****
    5 *****
    6 ******
    7 *******
    8 ********
    9 *********
    10 **********

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Provide each student with one of the Know Your Numbers 1 to 10 worksheets and a pencil.
  • Read the instructions for section one.
  • Allow the students a few minutes to complete section one.
  • Read the instructions for section two.
  • Allow the students a few minutes to complete section two.
  • Read the instructions for section three.
  • Allow the students a few minutes to complete section three.
  • Collect the worksheets for grading.



  • Enrichment: Give above level students the entire set of ten worksheets from Know Your Numbers 1 to 10. Allow them to complete these at their own pace.
  • Support: Have struggling students complete the Number 1 Tracing worksheet during Independent Working Time for extra practice.


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Conduct mini-conferences with the students individually at your desk.
  • Give them each a random amount of objects and ask them to use their index finger to count the items aloud.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Have the students come together on the floor in a circle in groups of 10.
  • Assign a student to start and assign another student to end.
  • Have the students count off 1 to 10 in each group.

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