March 29, 2019
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by Jasmine Gibson

EL Support Lesson

Counting Beads

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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Blooming Numbers lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Blooming Numbers lesson plan.
Academic

Students will be able to write, recognize, and count numbers from 1-10.

Language

Students will be able to explain how to count objects to find the total number.

(3 minutes)
  • Gather the class together for the lesson.
  • Play the "Counting at the Beach" song for the class.
  • Say, "Counting means to find out how many there are of something. Today we are going to practice counting objects, and writing numbers!"
(5 minutes)
  • Display the beads, number cards, and the pipe cleaners.
(5 minutes)
  • Display the beads, number cards, and the pipe cleaners.
  • Model how to pull one of the number cards (1-10), saying the number aloud, and using a classroom number line or hundreds chart to show students how to identify an unknown number.
  • Count the corresponding amount of beads, then string the beads onto the pipe cleaner and place the number card next to the beads.
  • Repeat this process with a second number card.
(10 minutes)
  • Using the number line or hundreds chart, have the class practice counting from 1-10 chorally while pointing to the corresponding numbers.
  • Model how to write each number on the white board and have students practice writing the numbers first in the air with their fingers, then on mini whiteboards. Ask students to hold up their whiteboards when done to check their work.
  • Explain that students will get to work with a partner to choose a number card and string the same amount of beads onto a pipe cleaner.
  • Pair students together and pass out materials to each pair.
  • Provide enough time for students to pull 2-3 number cards and string their pipe cleaners.
  • Gather the group back together and briefly discuss strategies for keeping track of objects while counting to make sure you have the right number (e.g., moving to a new pile, lining up, using a number line, etc).
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that now students will get even more counting practice!
  • Display the Count these Things worksheet and go over the instructions.
  • Ask students to turn and talk to share the instructions in their own words with a partner.
  • Pass out worksheets for students to complete independently.

Beginning

  • Model counting out the beads and comparing to the number card. Ask students to give you a thumbs up if the amounts match and a thumbs down if the amounts do not match.
  • Allow students to count in their home language (L1).
  • Group students together to count and complete the worksheet with teacher support.

Intermediate

  • Provide sentence frames for students to utilize when sharing how they counted. For example, "I ____ to keep track when counting."
  • Have students turn and talk to share their worksheets with a partner.
(2 minutes)
  • Throughout the lesson check for understanding by asking students to give thumbs up/thumbs down.
  • Listen to students during the think-pair-share to assess if they are able to accurately recognize numbers and count aloud.
  • Collect work samples at the end of the lesson to check accuracy of writing numbers and counting amounts.
(3 minutes)
  • Gather the class back together and review key parts of the lesson (e.g., recognizing numbers using a number card, having students write numbers in the air, and counting).
  • Have students chorally count aloud with you using one of the pipe cleaner bead strings.

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