Counting objects is a very important part of teaching math to children in the early grades. When they are first introduced to math, many children cannot grasp the concept that there are different units of measure and that they must count objects as much as possible in order to complete a measurement. This is often a very hard task for young children to learn. This is why it is important that you teach this to your students when they first begin attending school. Here are some easy and fun ways that you can incorporate counting to your students’ lesson plans.
Counting with pictures worksheets: 1-10, 1-20
You can begin by making a list of the first five numbers that your first graders are able to memorize. Of course, you want to make sure that you do not include any repetitions. Also, it would be helpful if you did not start with 100 items. Start with ten or twenty and build from there. Your goal is to help your students understand the concept behind measuring things and how many items are needed for a specific measurement.
To encourage attendance, place a poster on the wall that has the list on it. Let the children know that they are going to have to count as many items as they can on the left and as many items as they can on the right. Start with ten items on the left and twenty items on the right. Once they have counted up to twenty, show them the count so that they will know that they have reached twenty.
You can also have your first graders create their own worksheet. Have them write down their answers on one single sheet of paper. Then, have them cut off a piece of paper that is the same size as the original piece of paper. This way, they can write down the answer on one side and then look at the answer to see if it is correct on the other side. Have the kids keep the original piece of paper as a reminder of what the correct answer was.
Have the children find the items that are missing from the list. Have them place the missing items on the corresponding line. When they have written down all of the items that they need to count, have them type these items into the space where they have placed them. Then, have the children type in the number of items that they think is the correct answer. For example, if the list says that there are twenty, you would have the first graders type in twenty, the second graders would type in thirty, and so on.
These worksheets for counting objects are very effective because they motivate the children to learn and pay attention. They work in such a way that first time graders will learn how many items are needed for a total, and how many they need to bring to that total. This will help them in their homework by allowing them to learn the amount of work needed for a particular task and when they have to do it.