Lesson Plan

I Spy Counting Practice

Engage students in counting through fun "I Spy" activities! Students gain fluency counting and recording numbers to 30.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to count within 30.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
I Spy with Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Ask students to look around the room and find something red. Instruct students to put their hands on their head when they've found an object, but not to say the name of the object aloud.
  • When everyone has their hands on their head, have students share the objects they found. Write the names of each object on the board, with check marks next to objects that are mentioned more than one time.


  • Show students a few examples of objects that are red before beginning the activity.
  • As you list objects on the board, include a sketch if possible. Point to the actual object in the room.


  • Review adjective placement and prepostional phrases using the sentence frame, "The red ________ is ________." Instruct students name a red object and describe its location using a complete sentence.