Beat the Drum
Students will be able to count to 10 using one-to-one correspondence. Students will practice their fine motor skills.
- Begin the lesson by explaining to your students that they will play a game about counting cubes, or determining how many cubes there are.
- Tell your students that they will use tongs to put one-inch cubes into a container. After putting all 10 cubes into the container, inform them that they can strike the drum with a drumstick.
- Inform your students that they will then switch positions with another student so that everyone gets a chance to count and strike the drum.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Separate the class into two equal groups, and have each group sit around one container.
- Place 10 cubes and one pair of tongs by each container. Put the drum and drumsticks between the groups.
- Have one student in front of each container at a time.
- Demonstrate how to hold and use the tongs to pick up one cube.
- Discuss whether or not the piles have the same amount of cubes, or if they are equal. Potential discussion questions include: Do the piles look equal? How can we check to make sure that there are the same amount of cubes in each pile?
- Have someone from each group count the number of cubes. Suggest that since both groups have 10 cubes, the groups are, indeed, equal.
- Instruct your students to place the cubes into the container with the tongs when you give a signal.
- Ask them to count using one-to-one correspondence while placing their cubes in the container. For example, if a student is putting her third cube into the container, make sure she says "three" while doing so.
- Direct each student to strike the drum when he has put in all 10 cubes.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Practice the game as a class for two more turns.
- Encourage your students to continue counting the cubes individually as they place them in containers.
- Count with your class if support is needed. Have the entire group count with that student.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Have your students continue to take turns in their groups.
- Ask them to identify which group has more, less, or equal amounts of cubes in the container.
- Encourage good sportsmanship during play.
- Enrichment: Place 15-20 cubes in front of each student. Have students count either up to the number of cubes, or have them count by two's instead of using direct one-to-one correspondence.
- Support: Count and model for students having difficulty. Decrease the pile to five one-inch cubes, and allow students to use their fingers to place the cubes into the container. This will let them focus on counting.
- To assess student understanding, notice if your students are counting with one-to-one correspondence.
- Note if your students are demonstrating understanding of more, less, and equal. Assess this by listening to the students' answers as they compare quantities.
- Note if your students are using a firm grasp on the tongs. If their grip is very loose, encourage them to grip the tongs tighter so that the cubes do not fall out.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Ask your students, as a group, to count to 10 aloud.
- Ask your students what number would come after 10.
- Encourage them to count objects they see in their daily routine, such as toothbrushes or shoes.