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Mathematics - Pre-K

Exploring Numbers through Counting and Sorting

Title: Exploring Numbers through Counting and Sorting

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M)

Subject: Mathematics

Summary: This pre-kindergarten activity focuses on introducing young learners to numbers, counting, and sorting through engaging hands-on activities.

Topic: Numbers, Counting, Sorting

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the numbers from 1 to 10
  • Understand the concept of counting
  • Can sort objects based on different attributes


This activity will be conducted in a small group setting to ensure individual attention and active participation. It will involve a combination of teacher-led instruction, hands-on exploration, and interactive games.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Counting objects (e.g., blocks, buttons, toys)
  • Sorting trays or containers
  • Number flashcards
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Interactive counting games (optional)


Step 1: Introduction (Know)

Begin the activity by gathering the students in a circle and introducing the concept of numbers. Show them number flashcards from 1 to 10, emphasizing the shape and name of each number.

Step 2: Counting Exploration (Understand)

Provide each student with a set of counting objects (e.g., blocks, buttons). Encourage them to explore the objects and practice counting aloud. Guide them in counting from 1 to 10, emphasizing one-to-one correspondence.

Step 3: Sorting Challenge (Can do)

Introduce the concept of sorting by explaining that objects can be grouped based on different attributes. Show the students sorting trays or containers with different compartments. Demonstrate how to sort objects by color, shape, or size.

Divide the students into small groups and provide each group with a set of objects. Instruct them to sort the objects based on a specific attribute (e.g., color). Circulate among the groups, offering guidance and support as needed.

Step 4: Interactive Counting Games (Optional)

If available, introduce interactive counting games on a tablet or computer. Allow students to take turns playing the games, reinforcing their counting skills in a fun and engaging way.


To assess the students' learning, observe their participation and engagement during the counting exploration and sorting challenge. Ask open-ended questions to gauge their understanding of numbers and sorting. Additionally, you can provide individual assessments by asking students to count a specific number of objects or sort objects based on different attributes.

Remember to provide positive reinforcement and encouragement throughout the activity to foster a positive learning environment.

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