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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 small set of counting objects. Encourage them to explore the objects and practice counting aloud. Guide them in counting from 1 to 10, pointing to each object as they count.

Step 3: Sorting Challenge (Can do)

Introduce the concept of sorting by explaining that objects can be grouped based on their attributes. Show the students different sorting trays or containers and demonstrate how to sort objects by color, shape, or size. Then, provide each student with a set of objects and ask them to sort the objects into the appropriate trays based on a given attribute.

Step 4: Interactive Counting Game (Can do)

Engage the students in an interactive counting game using a whiteboard or an interactive counting game on a tablet or computer. Allow each student to take turns counting objects on the screen and selecting the corresponding number.


To assess the students' understanding, observe their participation and engagement during the counting exploration and sorting challenge. Ask open-ended questions to check their comprehension of the concepts. Additionally, review their performance in the interactive counting game to evaluate their ability to associate numbers with quantities.

By the end of this activity, students should have a solid foundation in numbers, counting, and sorting, setting them up for further mathematical exploration in kindergarten and beyond.

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