Lesson Plan

Using Counting Aids

Prepare students for more complex math skills and build their current math skills with this hands-on lesson.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Making a Number Line pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Making a Number Line pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to create and use math aids (e.g., hundreds charts and number lines) to count.

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


(5 minutes)
Hundreds ChartPreschool Number Line
  • Post a sample hundreds chart and number line in front of the classroom.
  • Call students together around the charts.
  • Ask students to turn to a partner and discuss a time they have seen these used or used one themselves.
  • After giving students a chance to share with partners, discuss their past experiences with these charts as a whole group.
  • Model how to use both a hundreds chart and number line to count, having the class count along with you as you point to the numbers.


  • Review numbers 0–20 in English and student home language (L1).
  • Provide examples of where a hundreds chart or number line might be found.
  • Have students echo count after you.


  • Ask students to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to answer if they have seen similar charts.
  • Provide a sentence starter for students to use when answering: "I have seen one __ ___ ___ ______ __ ___ ___ ______."
  • Count chorally as a group.

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