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Know number names and the counting sequence (Standards K.CC.1-3). Count to tell the number of objects (Standards K.CC. 4-5). Identify and compare quantities of objects and numerals (Standards K.CC.6-7).

Standard K.CC.5.

Use counting to answer questions about "how many." For example, 20 or fewer objects arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or circle; 10 or fewer objects in a scattered configuration. Using a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.

  • Color Week
    The purpose of this task is to help students understand the connection between counting and cardinality. Thus, oral counting and recording the number in digit form are the most important aspects of this activity.
  • Counting and Cardinality (K.CC) - Kindergarten Core Guide
    The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and educators around the state of Utah developed these guides for Kindergarten Mathematics - Counting and Cardinality (K.CC)
  • Counting Cup
    This activity is designed to ensure that students are able to count out their own collection of manipulatives.
  • Counting Mat
    This task gives students another way to practice counting and gain fluency with connecting a written number with the act of counting. This task should be introduced by the teacher and would then be a good independent center.
  • Counting Overview
    This standard asks students to count with automaticity and meaning, and to be able to record their findings. Lastly, students need to be able to compare two numbers.
  • Finding Equal Groups
    The purpose of this task is for students to build fluency in counting.
  • Georgia Standards of Excellence Mathematics
    GeorgiaStandards.Org (GSO) is a free, public website providing information and resources necessary to help meet the educational needs of students. The goal of this web site is to provide information that will enhance and support teaching and learning of Georgia standards.
  • Goody Bags
    In this activity students are given a bag of counting objects and they count the objects, record the number on a post-it note and stick the post-it note onto the outside of the bag.
  • IXL Game: Count to 20
    This game helps kindergarteners learn how to count to 20. This is just one of many online games that supports the Utah Math core. Note: The IXL site requires subscription for unlimited use.
  • Kindergarten Mathematics (Engage NY)
    In order to assist educators with the implementation of the Common Core, the New York State Education Department provides curricular modules in Pre-K-Grade 12 English Language Arts and Mathematics that schools and districts can adopt or adapt for local purposes.
  • Kindergarten Unit 2: Comparing Numbers (Georgia Standards)
    For numbers 11 to19, Kindergarten students choose, combine, and apply strategies for answering quantitative questions. This includes composing and decomposing numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones by writing and representing the numbers, counting and producing sets of given sizes, counting the number of objects in combined sets, or counting the number of objects that remain in a set after some are taken away. Objects, pictures, actions, and explanations are used to solve problems and represent thinking.
  • Mingle & Count: A Game of Number Sense
    This lesson shows a game designed to practice counting by forming groups based on a given number. (5 minutes)
  • More and Less Handfuls
    Each student grabs two handfuls of counters. The student combines his/her handfuls into one collection and then counts them. The student then draws and records the quantity on a student-recording sheet.
  • Number Rods
    This activity gives students practice counting for meaning. This task also allows students to see the size of the rod grow as the number gets larger.
  • The Napping House
    The purpose of the task is for students to use the context of "The Napping House" to connect counting and cardinality. The teacher or students could also write a simple equation on the classroom dry-erase board each time another person or animal gets into the bed. This would connect counting to addition and subtraction for the students, and would connect with standard K.OA.1. For example, when the child gets in with granny, the equation would be 1+1=2 and so on for each animal added to the bed

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialists - Patricia  Stephens-French or Molly  Basham and see the Mathematics - Elementary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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