Developing Number Concepts with Lessons Ready to Teach

  • Published on June 21, 2019

Developing Number Concepts with Lessons Ready to Teach

Ensuring children have a firm understanding of number concepts is important before moving them on to working with larger numbers and more abstract concepts. A strong foundation makes for greater confidence when working with numbers of any size.

To support your teaching of early number concepts, I have produced a new interactive resource, Count with Teddy Bears, with lessons ready for you to teach on the interactive whiteboard. The resource extends the range for teaching understanding of number already available from readilearn.

The lessons in Count with Teddy Bears provide opportunities for teacher explanations, teacher-student discussions, and student demonstration of understanding.

Interactive lessons are engaging for students, and with the children focused on the lesson, the teacher can identify areas of misunderstanding that require further teaching as well as concepts about which the children are already confident.

teaching number concepts - count with Teddy Bears

About Count with Teddy Bears

Count with Teddy Bears incorporates five separate sections with teaching in five main concept areas:

Count Teddy Bears — Counting in ones from 1–12.

Count the Teddy Bears 1 - 12

Children click on each Teddy to count. As it is clicked, the Teddy is coloured, and one is added to the total.

Teddy’s Cupcakes — One-to-one matching up to 10.

one-to-one correspondence

Children count the Teddies. They estimate if there are enough cupcakes for each Teddy to have one. They drag a cupcake to each plate until the Teddies have one cupcake each.

Subitising Teddies —Recognising by sight and without counting, how many in a small group of up to seven.

subitising numbers up to 7

In quick succession display the groups of Teddies on the interactive whiteboard. As you click through, encourage the children to tell how many in each group. There are twenty slides with up to seven in each group. The slides are displayed in random order each time the lesson is accessed.

Share the Cupcakes—Equal shares.

share the cupcakes - equal shares

Children share the cupcakes so that the Teddies have the same number of cupcakes each. They drag the cupcakes to the Teddies’ plates. Sometimes, there will be cupcakes left over.

On each slide, ask questions such as:

How many Teddies are there?

How many cupcakes?

Are there enough cupcakes for the Teddies to have one each?

After they have shared, ask, “Are there any cupcakes left over?”

Use the keyboard to write the correct numbers in the boxes.

Who has More? — Comparing numbers to ten.

who has more - comparing numbers to ten

Children look at the Teddies and the cupcakes and decide who has more.

When they click on the Teddy who has more, a grid appears.

Children move the Teddies’ cupcakes onto the grid to confirm who has more and how many more.

Related resources

Count with Teddy Bears uses the teddies with which children will already be familiar from using the popular resources:

an open-ended interactive activity involving children in sorting teddy bears

Teddy Bear Sorting

Teddy bear cards for sorting

And Teddy Bear Sorting Cards.

It also supports use of other readilearn resources for developing early number concepts:

an interactive lesson in sharing for lower primary

Share the Treats

comparing numbers to ten Halloween theme

Who has More?

Halloween themed addition lesson using numbers to ten for the interactive whiteboard

How Many Treats?

I spy an interactive counting game developing understanding of numbers one to ten

I Spy a counting game

subitisation lesson ready to teach on the interactive whiteboard

Busy Bees and Insects —Subitising 1 -6

Ladybird spots cover

Ladybird Spots

See the full range of readilearn resources for teaching number here.

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    Brilliant concept Norah. Children love to be engaged and by keeping them engaged with your puzzles, they don’t even realize they’re learning 🙂

    Thanks so much for your ongoing support, Debby. I very much appreciate it.

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