Standard: 8A

Explore objects and patterns.

lessons

Coin-Rubbing Matching Game

In this lesson, children will examine the attributes of coins to identify similarities and differences.

Dinosaur Hop

In this board game, children collect dinosaurs of different colors as they count their way around the board.

Beaded Necklaces

In this lesson, children will create patterns using beads to string a necklace.

Cereal Sorting

In this lesson, children will sort loop cereal such as Fruit Cheerios or Fruit Loops by color and then make patterned bracelets.

Dynamic Dominoes

In this lesson, children will be introduced to a variety of beginning math concepts using dominoes.

Eating Up Patterns

In this lesson, children will sort by color and then create and extend patterns using Fruit Loops cereal.

Fill the Carton

In this lesson, children will practice counting and number recognition using numbers one thru twelve, an egg carton and small manipulatives such as pebbles.

How Many Beads?

In this lesson, children will string the correct number of beads onto pipe cleaners. The number of beads will correspond with the number on the label at the top of each pipe cleaner.

Hungry Alligator

In this lesson, children will determine if a number is greater than, less than or equal to another.

Inch by Inch

In this lesson, children will use colored measuring worms to measure the legs of the heron in the book

Laundry Sorting

In this lesson, children will sort “laundry” by color, size, shape and clothing attribute.

Cracker Tangrams

In this lesson, children will use crackers with geometric shapes to form larger shapes on homemade pattern cards.

Making Shapes

In this lesson, children will construct and identify various two-dimensional shapes using color-coded craft sticks.

Measuring Straws

In this lesson, children will use pre-cut straws and match them up with a corresponding length on a piece of paper.

Number Memory

In this lesson, children will match cards that display numbers with cards that display groups of objects that represent those numbers.

Number Sequence Puzzle

In this lesson, children will assemble a puzzle using number strips in the order of 1-10.

Odd or Even

In this lesson, children will differentiate between odd and even numbers by sorting numbers 1-20 into “Odd” or “Even” circles.

One Duck Stuck

In this lesson, children will read the book and begin to recognize that each number is one more than the one before it and that a growing pattern is a pattern that increases or decreases by a constant difference.

Painted Rock

In this lesson, children will use rocks numbered from one to 10 to practice sequencing skills.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

In this lesson, children will graph the different vehicles that they scoop out of a bucket and then analyze their collected data.

Probability Jar

In this lesson, children will examine three different jars filled with marbles and determine the probability of choosing various colored marbles.

Remainder of One

In this lesson, children will arrange them 25 cubes into groups of two, three, four and five. The children will examine the different groups and learn about the concept of a remainder.

Run, Walk, Crawl

In this lesson, children will measure the time that it takes to move quickly versus moving slowly.

Shoe Sort

In this lesson, children will identify the attributes of shoes and sort the shoes by these attributes.

Soft Patterning Fun

In this lesson, children will create and extend patterns using spoons and forks or counters from the math kit.

Ten, Nine, Eight

In this lesson, children will orally count backwards from 10 to 1.

The Tiny Seed

In this lesson, children will count the seeds by ones and twos and then put the packets in order from smallest to largest and vice versa.

Uno

In this lesson, children will practice sorting not-number cards from number cards and develop their number sense by identifying similar numbers, one below a number and one above a number.

Vehicle Patterning

In this lesson, children will use vehicle counters to recreate existing patterns and find the unknown within a pattern.

What’s in a Name?

In this lesson, children will count, compare, contrast and graph the number of letters in their names.

Which is Tallest?

In this lesson, children will compare blocks of different lengths and lay them on a graphing map in order from shortest to tallest.

Who’s Hiding?

In this lesson, children will analyze the book’s illustrations to determine which animal is hiding. The children will use the partial data in a guessing/thinking format to figure out which animal is hiding.

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