Lesson Plan

Leafy Numbers

In this leafy, plant-themed lesson, students will use leaves as they practice recognizing various numbers from 1 to 15. This lesson can be easily adapted for use with specific ranges of numbers.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the How Many Butterflies? pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the How Many Butterflies? pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to write, recognize, and count numbers from 1 to 15.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
  • Have the students sit in a circle, and show them the brown bag that has the leaves inside.
  • Invite them to guess what is inside the bag.
  • Shake the bag so they can hear the sounds, and go around the circle, allowing them to feel what is inside.
  • After the students have guessed, pour the leaves out in the middle of the circle, inside a hula hoop or circular piece of string.
  • Tell the students that today they will be working on finding the total number of leaves on their own trees.


  • Read aloud a book about trees and leaves to familiarize students with the lesson concept.
  • Ask students to give a thumbs up if they have ever seen leaves before.


  • Show the students pictures of tress with leaves and ask them to turn and talk to share what they see with a partner.
  • Display the leaves from the bag and have students use the following sentence starter to describe the leaves, "The leaf is ________."

Related Guided Lesson

Numbers 11 to 20 Level 2

5 games
1 song video
1 interactive story
5 printable worksheets
Subject Math