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Math Objective: Analysis of counting patterns
Grade Level: Pre-K - K
Group Size: Whole Class and Small Group Instruction
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The Patterns of Counting


This book features arts integration STEM lessons for unpacking the structures of counting. All counting strategies are based on growing and shrinking patterns. But do Pre-K and Kindergarten students really understand how number patterns increase and decrease? Can they extend and manipulate these patterns? Can they move these patterns with their bodies? Can they build these patterns with blocks or cubes?

Early algebraic thinking includes recognizing patterns, analyzing how things change, and making generalizations. When young children recognize the patterns of counting forward, counting backwards, counting on, and more, they shift from being rote memorizers to mathematical thinkers. Emphasizing reasoning and structure with our youngest students establishes mathematical habits of mind that last a lifetime.

Lesson in the Patterns of Counting book include: One-to-One Correspondence, Cardinality, the Human Number Line; Growing Patterns; Shrinking Patterns; 1 More; 1 Less; Working with 5-Frames; Working with 10-Frames, Counting 2-digit numbers, Place Value, and Counting Forward/Counting On. Use these lesson plans to lead arts-integrated activities that will change the way you think about about teaching mathematics!

Rhythm and Movement Cards are needed to teach the lessons in this book.

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