Lesson 14

Answer “How Many” Questions

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to count collections of objects. The focus is understanding that the last number tells us how many objects there are (cardinality).

Lesson Narrative

In the Questions About Us routine, students brainstorm different ways to represent how many students are at school today. Students then ask and answer “how many” questions as they count objects in different collections in a way that makes sense to them. The second activity is an optional activity that provides support in matching each object with one number.

  • Representation
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Answer “how many” questions.
  • Count collections of objects.

Student Facing

  • Let’s count to figure out how many objects are in our collections. 

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Connecting Cubes Stage 3 Directions
  • Egg Carton Counting

Required Preparation

Activity 3:

  • Gather materials from:
    • Connecting Cubes, Stages 1 and 2
    • Pattern Blocks, Stages 1, 2, and 3
    • Geoblocks, Stages 1 and 2
    • Picture Books, Stages 1 and 2

CCSS Standards

Addressing

Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 15 min
Activity 2 10 min
Activity 3 20 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 0 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

In this lesson, students had access to a 5-frame and a counting mat to help them organize and count their collections. How did students use the 5-frame or counting mat to keep track of which objects have been counted? If they did not use the 5-frame or counting mat, how did they keep track of which objects have been counted?

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