Lesson Plan

My Counting Book

Art meets math in this lesson that builds number sense by having students write and illustrate counting books. Start with zero, and encourage students to be creative as they work their way to 20!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to write the numerals from zero to 20, and draw an accurate amount of items for each number.

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

Introduction

(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud the story Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno.
  • Pause on the first page and think aloud, "I see this page is mostly blank except for the river. There is nothing here. I see the number zero. Zero means none."
  • Continue to read the story aloud. Pause to count the number of objects on each page, and point out the total number of different items that appear on each page.
  • Tell students that today they will practice writing the numerals as they create their own counting books.

Beginning

  • Use songs or chants to review counting from 0–20.
  • Have students echo count after you to count the objects in the story.

Intermediate

  • Invite students to chorally count the objects in the story with you.