EL Support Lesson

Animal Counting to 5

In this animal-focused lesson, students will use music and stories to learn all about counting. This can be used as a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the **Five Busy Bees** lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Five Busy Little Bees lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Five Busy Little Bees lesson plan.
Academic

Students will be able to count and write numbers 1-5.

Language

Students will be able to count objects 1-5 using one-to-one correspondence using visual supports.

(5 minutes)
  • Gather the students together for a read-aloud and introduce the book, Over in the Meadow using the vocabulary cards and glossary to define words from the text.
  • Hold up the cards one at a time, say the word, and have students repeat after you. Invite students to share where they might have seen or heard the word before with a partner.
(5 minutes)
  • Read aloud the story, Over in the Meadow pausing as you read to point out number on each page.
  • Model how to count the animals on each page using one-to-one correspondance (e.g., "How many birds are there? One, two, three..." et cetera).
(10 minutes)
  • Play the Five Little Ducks Song and count the ducks aloud with the class.
  • Model writing the numbers 1-5 on the board, and invite the students to repeat the numbers after you and then practice writing each number in the air with their fingers.
  • Pass out counting manipulatives to each student.
  • Point to one of the numbers written on the board and say, "This is the number two. Let's all count two objects together."
  • Pass out personal whiteboards and have the students practice writing the number 2.
  • Repeat with remaining numbers to practice 1–5.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that now students will practice counting to five and writing the number five.
  • Display the worksheet and go over the instructions.
  • Pass out worksheets and send students to work independently.

Beginning

  • Gather together a small group of students to work in a teacher-led group to practice counting and writing numbers with more support.
  • Allow students to count in their home language (L1).

Advanced

  • Ask students to count groups of objects with a partner and record the final number by writing it on their personal whiteboard.
  • Invite students to practice counting objects from 0–10.
(2 minutes)
  • Check in with students and assess if they can count the objects on the worksheet and write the number 5.
  • Take note of students as they trace the numbers in the air and on their whiteboards to check for misunderstandings.
(2 minutes)
  • Gather students together for the closing portion of the lesson.
  • Display a collection of small items (e.g., toy animals) and say, "How many animals do I have? Can you help me count them?"
  • Point to one item at a time and count chorally with the students. Record the number on the board, having students repeat the sentence, "There were __ __ __ __ animals."
  • Close the lesson by playing the song "Over in the Meadow" and encouraging the class to sing along.

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