# Counting to 5 Lesson Plan for Pre-K and Kindergarten

• This is a lesson plan for pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners on counting up to 5. It is based on a video from mathskills4kids.com that shows how to count different animals using fingers and objects.

This lesson plan includes an introduction, an objective, a review of previous knowledge, a list of materials, a warm-up activity, an explanation of the concept, a practice activity, a group sharing session, a conclusion, and an assessment.

## Learning to count to 5 with MathSkills4Kids video, games, and manipulatives

Learning to count to 5 with MathSkills4Kids videos, games, and manipulatives can help children understand the concepts of number, quantity, order, and comparison. This will also prepare them for more advanced math topics such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Children will learn to count up to 5 in this fun and step-by-step learning session.This step-by-step guide to counting up to 3 will helps your students develop number sense, one-to-one correspondence, and cardinality. 1, 2, and 3. Counting also prepares them for more advanced math topics such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication.

• Grade Level: Pre-K | Kindergarten

Duration: 20-30 minutes

Objectives: By the end of this lesson, children will be able to:

• Count up to 5 using fingers, objects, and pictures
• Identify the number of items in a group
• Match the number of items with the corresponding numeral
• Say the number words in order from 1 to 5
• ### Previous knowledge:

Before starting this lesson, children should have some prior knowledge of:

• The names of some common animals
• The names of some common objects
• The names of the fingers
• The concept of one-to-one correspondence

### Materials

For this lesson, you will need:

• A computer or a projector to show the video from mathskills4kids.com (https://youtu.be/9aQx9xp8zb0)
• A whiteboard or a chart paper to write the numbers and the number words
• A set of flashcards with pictures of animals and numerals from 1 to 5
• A set of counters or small objects (such as buttons, beads, coins, etc.) for each child
• A set of paper plates or cups for each child
• A set of stickers or stamps for each child

• ### Warm-up

To begin the lesson, ask the children to sit in a circle on the floor. Show them the flashcards with pictures of animals and numerals from 1 to 5. Ask them to name the animals and the numbers they see.

For example, you can say: "What animal is this?" (Showing a picture of a cat) and "How many cats are there?" (Showing the numeral 1). Repeat this with different animals and numbers until all the flashcards are shown.

Next, ask the children to hold their hands and show you their fingers. Ask them to name their fingers and count them from 1 to 5. For example, you can say: "This is your thumb. How many thumbs do you have?" (One) and "This is your index finger. How many index fingers do you have?" (One). Repeat this with all the fingers until they can count them from 1 to 5.

Finally, ask the children to stand up and do some physical movements that involve counting. For example, you can say: "Let's jump 5 times" or "Let's clap 3 times". Make sure they say the number words as they do the movements.

• ### Introducing counting up to 5

After the warm-up, ask the children to sit down again and watch the video from mathskills4kids.com (https://youtu.be/9aQx9xp8zb0). This video shows how to count different animals using fingers and objects. Pause the video at specific points and ask questions to check their understanding.

For example, you can pause after each animal is shown and ask: "How many cats/dogs/birds/fish are there?" or "How can we show this number with our fingers/objects?". Please encourage them to answer using complete sentences. For example, they can say: "There are two dogs," or "We can show two with two fingers."

After watching the video, write the numbers from 1 to 5 on the whiteboard or the chart paper. Ask the children to repeat after you as you say the number words. Point to each number and ask them to identify it. For example, you can say: "What number is this?" (pointing to 3), and they can say: "Three." Repeat this until they can recognize all the numbers from 1 to 5.

• ### Activity on counting up to 5

For this activity, divide the children into small groups of 3 or 4. Give each group a set of flashcards with pictures of animals and numerals from 1 to 5. Also, give each child a set of counters or small objects, a paper plate or a cup, and a sticker or a stamp.

Ask the groups to take turns picking a flashcard and showing it to the rest of the group. The group members will count the number of animals on the flashcard and match it with the corresponding numeral. They will also show the same number with their fingers, counters, or objects. For example, if they pick a flashcard with 4 birds and the numeral 4, they will say: "There are four birds," show four fingers, and put four counters or objects on their paper plate or cup.

If they do it correctly, they get a sticker or a stamp on their flashcard. If they make a mistake, they get another chance to try again. The group that collects the most stickers or stamps wins.

• ### Group Sharing

After the activity, ask the groups to return to the circle and share their learning with the class. Ask each group to show one of their flashcards and explain how they counted the animals, matched the numeral, showed the fingers, and used the counters or objects. Praise them for their efforts and correct any errors if needed.

• ### Conclusion

To conclude the lesson, review the main points with the children. Ask them to tell you what they learned today. For example, they can say: "We learned how to count up to 5," or "We learned how to match numbers with pictures." Write their responses on the whiteboard or the chart paper.

Then, ask them to sing a song or chant a rhyme that involves counting. For example, they can sing: "One, two, buckle my shoe" or "Five little monkeys jumping on the bed." Make sure they use their fingers and their voices as they sing.

### ✨ Assessment

To assess the children's learning, give them a worksheet with pictures of animals and numerals from 1 to 5. Ask them to count the animals and circle the correct numeral for each picture. You can also ask them to draw pictures of animals and write the number of animals they drew.

🌈 Have fun teaching and learning about counting up to 5! Remember, you're doing an amazing job, teachers! 🎉 For more math videos and resources, visit our website at https://mathskills4kids.com/. 🌟

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