Series: Ideas at Work

# Numbers and Fun with Anno’s Counting Book

Teachers who go home from our learning lab with Anno’s Counting Book immediately put it to use to get their students exploring “how many?” After reading Anno’s Counting Book, Nancy Beza at Waters Elementary encouraged her preschoolers to make a list of objects that could be found in a winter scene—snowflakes, trees, etc. Each student created an object from the list to display on a bulletin board. A question posted on the board, such as “Can you find…?” followed by a list of objects and their quantities, encouraged the children to go on a counting expedition.

Ms. Beza comments, “I was surprised by the popularity of the bulletin board. Parents and students alike stop to find and count all the objects. I change the objects occasionally to make it more interesting. This has been very beneficial in motivating children to count objects independently.”

Laura Carbajal of Armour Elementary and her kindergarteners also used the book to develop a deeper understanding of number sense and number recognition using dice. Laura had each of her students roll a die and then count and identify the number of dots. Then they found the number on the number chart and wrote the numeral. Ms. Carbajal gave her students many opportunities to practice by moving the activity into the centers. The children in the classroom have a heightened awareness of numbers as they discover them in books and see their use in everyday routines. The students are enjoying counting using manipulatives in class and real-life objects at home.

Ms. Carbajal commented, “I have a different perspective and understanding about mathematical thinking at my student’s level.”

### Big Idea

Counting can be used to find out “how many” is in a collection. More

### Common Core Alignment

Counting and Cardinality More

Source: Early Math at Work, Vol.2, Issue 3 • Copyright: © Erikson Institute, December 2010 • Content ID: NEWS023

# Algebraic Thinking with Shoes

Cindy Collado and her preschool class at Stock School were involved in a shoe project that incorporated many math concepts through a variety of activities over the course of two months. The class started by taking a good look at their shoes and then talking and thinking about what they saw.

# Control Your Math Fate, Estimate!

Ellen Stoll Walsh's book Mouse Count can be used in the classroom to cover such broad-ranging topics as data analysis, number sense, and number and operations. Key concepts such as estimation can be explored and investigated.

# Down with Naked Numbers

All kinds of confusion can result when children are asked to rattle off the numbers from 1 to 10 or 20 or higher without actually counting something. In our learning labs and activities we are working to help teachers find ways to avoid “Naked Numbers