EL Support Lesson
Beach Counting to Ten
Students will be able to match a given number of objects to numbers 1-10.
Students will be able to explain how to match a given number of objects to the corresponding numeral using visual and tactile supports.
- Gather the students together for a read-aloud.
- Introduce the book One White Wishing Stone: A Beach Day Counting Book using the vocabulary cards and glossary to define key words from the text. Introduce the words by displaying on of the cards and asking students to turn and talk to a partner to share what they see. Have pairs share out and clarify definitions as needed.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Read the book aloud, pausing on each page to emphasize the focus number and model how to count the objects highlighted.
- Use the pre-cut number cards as you read to model how to match the number of objects on the page with a written number.
- Model how to count objects using one-to-one correspondence using counting manipulatives (i.e., "How many shells do I have? One, two, three..." etc).
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Play the Beach Counting Song and encourage students to notice the different things being counted.
- Review the numbers 1-10, this time having the students count along with you and draw each number in the air with their fingers.
- Pair students with a partner. Pass out counting manipulatives to each pair. Point to one of the number cards and display it on the board and say, "This is the number 5. Can you count out five objects with your partner?"
- Ask students to give a thumbs up when they have finished.
- Repeat with additional numbers 1-10.
Group work time(15 minutes)
- Explain that now students will work with a partner to practice their counting skills.
- Demonstrate the steps below:
- Each pair recieves a set of math manipulatives and a set of pre-cut 1-10 number cards.
- Partner A chooses one of the number cards and Partner B counts out the corresponding number of object
- Both partners recount the objects aloud to check that the amount matches the number card
- Repeat until all cards have been used at least one time
- Pair students with a partner and pass out materials to each group.
Additional EL adaptations
- Work with students in a smaller teacher-led group to complete the activity.
- Allow students to count in their home language (L1).
- Ask students to explain how they know the number of items and the number card are the same.
- Invite students to practice counting objects from 0-20.
- Circulate around the room to assess if students are able to accurately count the objects and match them to the corresponding number card.
- Ask guiding questions to assess understanding: "What number is this?" "How do you know?" "How can you check?"
Review and closing(2 minutes)
- Gather students together for the closing portion of the lesson.
- Show students a collection of items (e.g., shells) and say, "How many shells do I have? Can you help me count them?"
- Hold up one shell at a time and count it, having students chorally count with you. When finished, record the number on the board, having students repeat the sentence, "There were __ __ __ __ shells in the collection!"