Friday, August 24, 2012

Reading and Making Counting Books!

The first Investigation, I teach from my math curriculum book, is counting. The students explore many different hands-on stations giving them practice while counting. We also have a counting jar that's a year long station.  This year I plan to read a lot more counting books. I hope to have students create and publish a counting book.

Below are some lessons that connect to some familiar primary counting stories.

  I hope to post some counting songs and pocket chart stuff soon. 

You could give students precut black dots
color the cubes and make an illustration

The counting jar is a station that the students visit throughout the year. I do have a jar in the room, and the students count the different items. I just photocopy the pages to make a little book.
click here for the counting books

This book was new to me, and  I LOVE it! It is recommended from the book Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math by Ann Carlyle and Brenda Mercado. 
This book has a simple text with some excellent vocabulary words.
 I look forward to using some of the vocabulary words for our WOW word of the week.

I love the idea of having students create little-counting  books using thumbprints.
Ed Emberley's book is perfect to get ideas! You could also use pattern scrap paper for the little creatures. The illustrations are beautiful.


  1. These are great ideas! Thank you! I have not seen the Counting in the Garden or Fingerprint Drawing. I love seeing new books!
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. I like your activities based on these counting books! Thanks for sharing. I recently used a new picture book, "Square Cat", when I taught 2D Shapes (square). The author, Elizabeth Schoonmaker, donated an autographed book for a giveaway on my blog. My blog ends late tomorrow night if you would like to enter the contest! :)

    ~ Lisa
    Teaching Kindergarten Kiddos

  3. I love your blog- thanks for posting so many great things.
    I noticed that the 10 Black Dots book only went up to 7. Could you post 8,9, and 10? I'd love to use it in my room.

  4. I would LOVE to have access the Counting Books; however, Google is stating that the link is broken. Is there anyway you could send me the file? I want to use it for my station for Family Math Night next week. Thank you!


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