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Counting Heads

 

Curriculum Alignment:

Kindergarten - Numbers

 

 

 

This is an activity to learn counting and numbers, and it can also be used for early arithmetic. It is particularly good for those Learners who find it difficult to sit still for a long time, and those who learn best through physical activities.

 

 

 

Resources needed:

 

- Large number cards; up to the number you need

- Large cards with Mathematics symbols (+, -, =, <,>)

 

For making neat cards, see our post How to make a Blending Board

 

Activities to vary with:

 

1. Identifying numbers and counting

A Learner picks a number card, says the number aloud and calls as many peers as he/she needs to make up the number. They stand in a group, holding up the number card. The rest of the class confirms if it is correct.

2. Comparing quantities

Two Learners each pick a number card, and assemble the number of peers to make up the number. The two groups stand next to each other. Another Learner stands in between, holding a card that says <,> or =. The rest of the class confirms if it is correct.

3. Addition

Two groups of Learners stand next to each other, each holding up a card that shows their number. Another Learner stands in between, holding a + sign, while another stands to the right (as seen from the class), holding an = sign. A Learner is assigned to pick the correct number and form the group to the right of the = sign. The rest of the class confirms if it is correct.

4. Subtraction

A Learner picks a number and assembles his/her group. Another Learner is given a – sign, and a smaller number. He/she removes the number of Learners from the group, and gives the remaining members the new number. The problem can be written large on the blackboard (eg. 5-2= ) and the answer written when the class confirms it is correct.

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