Lesson 5
How Many Fingers? How Many Dots?
Lesson Purpose
The purpose of this lesson is for students to count to answer “how many” questions about groups of up to 19 images.
Lesson Narrative
In this lesson students see 11–19 images displayed on fingers and 10frames. Both representations highlight a group of 10 ones in teen numbers. Students begin to understand that each of these numbers have 10 ones and some more ones (MP7). Although some students may begin to recognize the group of 10 ones and determine how many there are by counting on from 10, this is not an expectation of students in kindergarten. Make sure that numbers 1–20 are posted in the classroom so that students can count from 1 to find the number 17 if they are unsure what the written number 17 looks like. Throughout the section, students have access to a reference sheet that shows numbers 11–20 with dots in 10frames that they can use to identify written numbers.
 Action and Expression
 MLR8
Learning Goals
Teacher Facing
 Answer “how many” questions about groups of up to 19 images.
Student Facing
 Let’s figure out how many things there are.
Required Materials
Materials to Gather
Materials to Copy
 Grab and Count Stage 1 Recording Sheet
Required Preparation
Activity 1:
 Make sure numbers 1–20 are posted in the classroom.
Activity 2:
 Make sure numbers 1–20 are posted in the classroom.
Activity 3:
 Each group of 2 needs around 20 pattern blocks.
 Gather a group of 18 pattern blocks for the activity synthesis.
 Gather materials from:
 Find the Pair, Stage 1
 Tower Build, Stages 1 and 2
Lesson Timeline
Warmup  10 min 
Activity 1  10 min 
Activity 2  10 min 
Activity 3  20 min 
Lesson Synthesis  5 min 
Cooldown  5 min 
Teacher Reflection Questions
In upcoming lessons, students will compose and decompose numbers 11–19 using 10 ones and some more ones. How does the work of this lesson help build students’ understanding numbers 11–19 as 10 ones and some more ones?
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