Lesson Plan

Comparing Groups to 20

In this counting lesson plan, your students will practice using numbers 11 to 20 while learning about comparison.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to write and compare numbers 11–20.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(10 minutes)
Count and Compare
  • Gather the class together for a read-aloud.
  • Display Mimi's Book of Counting and ask the students how to count to 10. Have them count aloud with you.
  • Read the book aloud. As you read, ask guiding questions such as: "What do you see on this page?" "How many __ ___ ___ ______ __ ___ ___ ______ are there?" "Can you count along with me?"


  • Review number names for 0–10 in English with the students by listening to number songs, counting objects, or echo counting.
  • Allow students to count in their home language (L1).


  • Have students turn and talk to share their thinking with a partner.
  • Review the concept of "How many?" by providing relevant examples (e.g., display a plate of carrot sticks or cookies and ask how many students see.)

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