No Series: Counting Objects and Ordering Numbers


Common core State Standards

  • Math:  Math
  • K:  Kindergarten
  • CC:  Counting & Cardinality
  • A:  Know number names and the count sequence
  • 3: 
    Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).

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Counting Objects and Ordering Numbers

Lesson Objective: Kindergarteners count and order numbers with and without a number line
Kindergarten / Math / Numeracy


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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How is the number line used as a tool to help students understand numbers and quantities?
  2. How could you use manipulatives in conjunction with what is displayed on the Promethean board?
  3. What is the purpose of the technology used in this lesson?


  • Private message to Allison Kintner

This teacher has a very positive attitude. Letting the students come up to the board and having them interact is a great idea. I really loved this lesson and I hope to be able to do something like this when I am a teacher. 


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  • Private message to Flossie Garrett

 I found the lesson very positive and student centered.  The students were active in their own learning and this made it ,less boring and stressful for them. It was an interactive lesson that allowed the students to participate and see what they were learning visually on the technology being used.  They learned order of numbers in various ways which is a form of differientiating for the child.


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  • Private message to Avery Baird

 I loved that she mentioned how she is always staying positive and that allows the students to feel confident and comfortable in the classroom. The lesson plan she did was really great because they were able to take the same concept and challenge their knowledge of numbers and counting in three different ways. Having the students actively participate in lessons is a great way to keep their minds going and keep them engaged as well as allow them to enjoy the lesson.

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  • Private message to Tammie Tacker
I liked the lesson. I feel that the teacher had a very positive attitude and seemed to enjoy the students. I would have let the students each have a slat board or whiteboard in order to engage the whole class in the lesson. I would also have the student use a number line or manipulative in order to make the lesson more meaningful. I would have also let the students work with partners in order to show their learned knowledge to each other while the teacher walked around the room checking.
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  • Private message to Ricanne Stromoski
Where can I find this smart board activity? It is not here on the supporting materials.
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  • 1:00:06 Great Lesson Ideas –
    Relating Numbers and Quantities HEATHER:
    Take a seat at your desk and fold your hands

    1:00:06 Great Lesson Ideas –
    Relating Numbers and Quantities HEATHER:
    Take a seat at your desk and fold your hands just like how Nian [PH] has his hands folded.
    Heather (INTV) HEATHER:
    Hi, my name is Heather Lopez. I teach kindergarten at Fairmont Private School in Anaheim Hills, California.
    Projector screen HEATHER:
    I taught a Promethean lesson uh, Relating Numbers and Quantities today.
    Heather, Students HEATHER:
    Good morning, friends, today we are going to learn about numbers, and this is important because we need to know them for all sorts of things in life. So, this lesson today is going to teach you about how to order those numbers so that we can be big kids.
    Heather (VO)
    Projector Screen
    Put these numbers in order
    Now let’s fill in the missing numbers
    The main objective of this lesson was for students to count the number of objects in a box, and then write that number. Then on the following slide, students were presented with a number line, and they had three or four numbers all mixed up, and they were responsible for putting them in order. And then for our third piece of the lesson was fill in the blank lesson, in which they had to do it without a number line.
    01:01:06 Heather, Students HEATHER:
    Have you guys seen what, one of these before? Have you guys seen them? Walter, do you know what it’s called?
    What’s this called right here?
    It’s called a number thing.
    A number line. Good job. Can everyone give him a round of applause for knowing that? It’s a number line.
    01:01:25 Heather (VO) HEATHER:
    I stay positive. I think feeling successful and having that confidence is half the battle in teaching. By staying positive, they feel good about it too, and more confident when they’re trying to apply it independently.
    Heather, Students HEATHER:
    If you look at this first fun game that we’re going to play, we are going to count how many dots there are, and we’re going to count the dots that are in this box. Can everyone do it with me? One, two, three. Pat yourself on the back because you guys all got that right. And I’m going to write the number 3 right here.
    Heather (VO) HEATHER:
    So, the first part of the lesson was they had to count the number of objects in a box, and then write that number. In order to check their answer, they had to pop the balloon to reveal the hidden number behind it.
    01:02:12 Heather, Shane HEATHER:
    So, I’m going to have some volunteers come up here. Can I have somebody raise their hand. Let’s choose Shane. Come on up, Shane. All right. Will you count the dots? One, two. All right. Write the number 2 right over here. Wow! All right. Let’s check and see. Let’s pop that balloon. There we go. Was he right? Yay, he was right. Whoo hoo!
    Heather (VO) HEATHER:
    Another thing that I do to keep kids engaged is to always have them actively participate in a lesson. Calling them up, giving them manipulatives to work around, even if they’re at their seat, or maybe work in partners so that they’re always accountable either to a partner or to myself in order to realize, hey, there’s a learning process behind this.
    Heather HEATHER:
    This number line without...
    Heather (VO) HEATHER:
    On the following slide, students were presented with a number line, and they had three or four numbers, and they were responsible for putting them in order.
    Heather, Students HEATHER:
    Do you guys see these three numbers? Is that the order that they go in? No. So, we’re going to use this number line without shouting out, to solve where these go, and we’re going to put the numbers in these boxes in the correct order, because Mrs. Lopez got them all mixed up. Are you guys ready?
    Which one is the lowest number?
    Four is the lowest number. Okay, Natalie, since you’re the expert right now, let’s hand you the magic wand.
    01:03:52 Heather, Natalie HEATHER:
    Remember to push the button, and you’re going to drag the number 4 down to the first box. Let’s see if she’s right. Oh, she got a cheer! Yay! Round of applause for Natalie. Thank you.
    Heather, Students HEATHER:
    All right, are you guys ready to do this without a number line?
    You can count in your heads? Raise your hand if you can do that. Olivia, will you do that for me?
    Olivia OLIVIA:
    One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven… fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty.
    Give her a round of applause. She did that with her brain.
    01:04:28 Heather (VO)
    Fill in the blank lesson without a number line HEATHER:
    For our third piece of the lesson was a fill in the blank lesson, in which they had to do it without a number line, fill in the missing numbers. And then we got to check their answers.
    Heather, Lauren HEATHER:
    All right, let’s see what the number 12 looks like. There we go. Can we get - say, “Good try, Lauren.”
    Heather (VO) HEATHER:
    With a 5-year old’s attention span being five minutes, I make sure things are engaging. There’s a lot of student feedback versus just teacher instruction.
    Heather, Student HEATHER:
    She’s right. That was a hard one. Can everyone give her a round of applause? Yay! Good job!
    Heather (VO) HEATHER:
    Basically, my philosophy is if you’re not having fun in the classroom, the classroom is not engaged.
    Heather, Students HEATHER:
    All right, we have 5, 6… We need to know what comes next. Let’s raise our hands super quietly.
    01:05:17 Heather (VO) HEATHER:
    My students are awesome. I appreciate taking a kindergartner who maybe knows their alphabet, has some blending skills, knows some high-frequency words, and by the end of kindergarten they’re able to read, write a paragraph, have unbelievable math skills, and it’s all because the confidence I instilled them with the classroom community. They are using skills that I teach and implement in my classroom, and apply them for the rest of their educational career, and that’s a pretty powerful thing, and I love the product that comes out of it.
    Heather, Students HEATHER:
    …of applause. Yay!
    01:05:51 With special thanks to Heather Lopez and the staff and students at Fairmont Private School
    Wingspan Pictures Logo [music]
    01:06:01 Fade to black

School Details

Fairmont Private Schools - Anaheim Hills Campus
5300 E La Palma Ave.
Anaheim Hills CA 92807
Population: 509

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