Lesson plan

Number Jump!

Help your class “jump” into number recognition with confidence! In this lesson, students will write numbers on sticky notes, place them in sequential order, and “jump” on the numbers while counting.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Things We Love: Counting to 100 pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Things We Love: Counting to 100 pre-lesson.

Students will be able to count to 100 by ones.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Begin the lesson with an introduction to counting, asking questions about the kinds of items that your students count. Possible discussion questions include, "Have you ever needed to count things at home? What kind of things did you need to count? Why did you need to count them?"
  • Explain that by adding one number at a time in a row, they are counting.
  • Explain that the class will learn how to count and recognize numbers by jumping on sticky notes in order.
(5 minutes)
  • If they're not already, arrange the class into small groups.
  • Give each group a pack of sticky notes.
  • Ask each person to grab one sticky note, and have everyone write the number one on it. As your students write, write a one on your own sticky note.
  • Show the class your sticky note. Ask the class which number comes after one.
  • When someone says "two," write the number on the sticky note, and place it next to the first sticky note on the board. Your students do not need to write any more sticky notes during this part.
  • Repeat this process with additional sticky notes until you have 10.
  • Once you have all 10 sticky notes on the board, ask the class to count to 10 with you.
  • As you point to each sticky note, have your students call out the number that matches what is written on the sticky note.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell your students to repeat the process of writing the numbers two through 10 on their own sticky notes.
  • Once they've finished, ask your students to put their sticky notes in sequential order on the ground next to their tables or desks.
  • Have your students jump on each sticky note while counting aloud, taking turns with a partner or group member. For example, after one student jumps on the "1" sticky note, another student can jump onto the "2" sticky note.
  • If your classroom doesn't have the space to allow jumping, substitute with clapping, snapping fingers, or tapping on the table for each number.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask each group to write the numbers one to 100 on sticky notes. If your class struggles with larger numbers, consider writing all the numbers on the board.
  • Once each group has written down the numbers, have them put the numbers in sequential order and practice jumping and counting all of the numbers.


  • Give your students the Missing Numbers worksheet for support. You can also have them jump on numbers once every ten numbers so that they can watch others count first.


  • Students can count past 100 using the Math Counting Challenge worksheet. They can also jump through all the numbers by themselves.
(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the classroom and take note of which students have difficulty with the activity.
  • Follow up with each of these students to help determine which particular numbers each person is struggling with.
  • Note whether it's an issue with number recognition or the count sequence.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask your students to recite one to 100.
  • Invite student volunteers to the front of the class to help you out.

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