This is one of a series of Early Math lessons using the Miquon Math series of books. The focus of this lesson is on counting. The lessons consists of a series of early math counting activities to choose from followed by the related pages in the Miquon Math book.
Activity: Sing counting songs for 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s with the kids or let them sing with other audios such as Multiplication Moves by Mars. These songs relate the numbers to dances of different types. The counting by threes song is a waltz. This album has the full 12 x 12 counting songs and multiplication table.
Any songs that your students like that count by 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s will do (i.e. a 5s song is one that counts “5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50”). Marching or keeping the beat in some way is encouraged. Below are a few videos. Choose at least one audio or video for 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s for a total of five audios or videos. The best ones are the ones that engage your students the most.
- Jack Hartman Counting by Fives.
- Animated Dance, Counting by Fives.
- Counting by Threes with happy dancing teachers.
This is practice for learning multiplication tables later.
Activity: Help the students with the Orange Miquon Math Book, Rod Sizes Worksheets. These need to be done in class if the students don’t have rods at home.
A6. If the little white cube counts as 1, then how much do the other rods count as? Draw a line from each rod picture to the number of equivalent white rods.
A22. Fit all white rods on the “train” and count how many. Fit all red rods on the train and count how many.
Bookwork: Start bookwork in class. The kids might need help understanding different ways of counting – number lines, simple sequences, and reviewing the numbers from 1 to 100. Specific instructions on each worksheet are given below. Allow each child to work at their own pace, giving help only as needed to prevent student frustration.
Number Line. A11 the first number line is given to you. Fill in the missing numbers on the other two number lines.
Number Line. A12. These are still number lines – just different orientations. Fill in the missing numbers.
Number Line. A13. Fill in the missing numbers and look at the different amounts of the jumps.
Sequences. A14. Fill in the numbers in the sequences. These are just plain counting with different starting numbers.
Numbers. A15. Fill in the numbers from 1 to 100.
Sequences. A16 These are counting sequences but with different orientations. Trying to look tricky, but still the same thing as A14.
Sequences. A19. One long zig zag counting sequence starting with 0 and wrapping around to continue when it gets to 10.
Variety of Problems. A24.