You count to find how many you have in all. When you count things, you say one number for each object. The last number you say tells how many.

**To better understand counting objects…**

## LET’S BREAK IT DOWN!

### Count up to 5

You have some bunnies. Count the bunnies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. The last number you say tells how many. There are 5 bunnies.

### Count up to 10.

You have a tray of cupcakes. Point at each cupcake as you count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. There are 10 cupcakes.

### Count up to 20.

You are racing some toy cars. You count each car as it races by: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. There are 20 cars.

### You can count objects in any order.

There are 10 cupcakes on the table in a row. You move them further apart. There are still 10 cupcakes. You put them in a circle. There are still 10 cupcakes.

### Total means how many in all.

The bunnies jump around the table. You can point to each bunny as you count them. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. You have a total of 5 bunnies.

## INTRO TO COUNTING OBJECTS VOCABULARY

## INTRO TO COUNTING OBJECTS DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

### [Draw or show 12 apples on the board.] How many apples are there? How do you know?

### I have 3 stickers on the board. I put up one more sticker. How many stickers do I have now?

### You have 12 coins in a pile on the table. If you move them far apart, are there more coins?

### What happens if you change the order of the 12 coins? What order do you count them in?

### Can you make a group of 11 coins from the 12 coins on the table? 8 coins? 2 coins?

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