Teach Number Sense 0-5 - Creating Groups, Number Recognition, Oral Language
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This is an activity set to teach the concept of number from 0-5 to early learners and special education.
- 10 simple animal habitat mats
- coordinating themed animal manipulatives for each habitat
- Also includes an assessment sheet.
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- Construct groups of 0 to 5 objects
- Recognize numerals 0 to 5
- Begin to understand the concept of matching objects on to one.
Things to do:
- Freeform number story: Use the base mat without any number attached, for each child, or in a center. Direct the children to place an object(s) on the mat e.g., frogs in the pond. Have another frog jump in. Let’s count how many frogs are in the pond now. Continue to add and subtract frogs, in a story fashion, counting them sometimes. Sing a song about frogs while working.
- Making specific groups: Use one mat or print several for each child. Cut out the number(s) you wish to study, and tape or glue to the top of the mat(s). Direct the children to place frogs on the mats, corresponding with the number on it. Have them count each frog out loud as they place them. Depending on level, ask which set contains more, or less, and have them “prove it”. (Count both sets, or match them one to one). Have 2 mats with the same number at the top and demonstrate equality.
- Hold up a large number card (included), without naming the number – have the children create the set on the mat that the number describes.
- Use the smaller pictures in each set e.g., flies with the frog set. The children can give one fly to each frog. Purposely give one less fly, or one less frog, and ask discovery questions about which group/set has more, or less. Ask them to add more to one group to make it equal etc.
- Use the correct terms while exploring and playing, so that they become part of the concept – group, more, less, equal, add, take away etc.
Use the assessment sheet to have the children draw the appropriate groups/sets beside each numeral at various dates throughout the teaching sequence.
I created the mats with light unsaturated color inside the large oval to save colored ink.