Number sense is knowing how to use numbers in everyday life. This will be a focus in kindergarten mathematics, as well as throughout elementary school. One way that children can learn how to understand numbers is by counting objects. Each book offers pictures for students to count by touching each on the page, as well as written numerals or written number words.
Count Down to Fall. By Fran Hawk. Illus. by Sherry Neidigh. 2009. 32p. Sylvan Dell Publishing, (9781607180395). Gr prek-1.
This book includes images that show the numbers being counted down from ten to one with facts about trees, the colors of fall, shapes and animals on each page. The pages rhyme as children flip through wonderful watercolor images of the fall season.
Fall is Here! By Pamela Jane. Illus. by Steve Haskamp. 2005. 20p. Little Simon, (9780689874703). Gr. prek-1.
This book will help children help children learn how to count as boys and girls go through the numbers one through ten. The illustrations incorporate themes and pictures from fall.
Footballs and Falling Leaves. By Rebecca F. Davis. Illus. by Jennifer Norford. 2006. 32p. Capstone Press, (9780736868891). Gr prek-1.
This book uses real pictures from fall, pictures of numerals, a number line and rhymes to help children learn about each number while keeping them interested.
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Apples. By Matt Ringler. Illus. by Anne Kennedy. 2005. 32p. Scholastic, (9780439775007). Gr prek-1.
This book, tuned to the familiar song "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians" rhymes its way through a family celebrating activities done in fall including making an apple pie. Answers the question as it counts from one to ten, "what can we do with fall's favorite treat?"
Too Many Monsters: A Halloween Counting Book. By Robert Neubecker. Illus.. by author. 2010. 26 p. Little Simon, (9781442401723). Gr. prek-1.
This book will get kids excited about the fall holiday, Halloween while getting them excited about counting. Brilliantly illustrated and written by Robert Neubecker, this sure to be kids favorite, allows kids to count ten fun, spooky monsters in honor of the season.
WebsitesCount us In
Fun game in which students earn points for counting objects and selecting the correct numeral. Offers differentiated version for students in need of a challenge as well where they count the objects and enter the numeral as well as the number word.
Online game for kids in which they can count fish, connect the dots one through ten to practice counting in the correct sequence or putting monkeys in numerical order.
Fish Swim Up
Another under the sea fish counting game in which students can count fish as they swim up and then pick the shell with the correct answer in the form of a numeral. Fun sounds and graphics that children would enjoy while being simple enough for them to understand.
Halloween Teacher Resources
This website offers a plethora of lessons and activities for every subject for multiple grade levels, including math, honoring Halloween. Get kids excited about math with pumpkin counting or get them to create their own Halloween word problem. Lot's of fun activities to be found on this website complete with materials.
Website that offers math activities by theme including some for fall. Her website includes materials for Halloween game mats, fall game mats, and pumpkin math counting cards.
Virginia Mathematics SOL
K.2: The student, given a set containing 15 or fewer concrete objects, will:
a) tell how many are in the set by counting the number of objects orally;
b) write the numeral to tell how many are in a set; and
c) select the corresponding numeral from a given set of numerals.
Background Information from the Curriculum Framework
- Counting involves two separate skills: verbalizing the list of standard number words in order ("one, two, three, ...") and connecting this sequence with the items in the set being counted, using one-to-one correspondence.
- Association of number words with collections of objects is achieved by moving, touching, or pointing to objects as the number words are spoken.
- Objects may be presented in random order or arranged for easy counting.