Adding Houses

  • building blocks
  • various toys
  • less
  • long
  • longer
  • more
  • shorter

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Language/L.PK.MA.5.a Demonstrate understanding of concepts by sorting common objects into categories (e.g., sort objects by color, shape, or texture).

Mathematics/Counting and Cardinality/PK.CC.MA.4 Count many kinds of concrete objects and actions up to ten, using one-to-one correspondence, and accurately count as many as seven things in a scattered configuration.
Mathematics/Counting and Cardinality/PK.CC.MA.5 Use comparative language, such as more/less, equal to, to compare and describe collections of objects.

Head Start Outcomes:

Approaches to Learning/Persistence and Attentiveness The ability to begin and finish activities with persistence and attention.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

Mathematics/Number Sense 1 Listen to and say the names of numbers in meaningful contexts.

Adding Houses

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Skills Focus: Counting, Comparing and Contrasting, Vocabulary

Place a group of blocks on a table. Have children choose an object from the room and ask, How many blocks long is this <doll>? Help children place blocks along the object, and then count the blocks aloud slowly with children.

Together, make a chart to compare the lengths of objects. Invite pairs of children to choose other objects and to take turns comparing the lengths of the objects by counting the blocks. Encourage children to use the terms longer and shorter in their descriptions.

English Language Learners: Have children count with you in their home language as you raise your fingers one at a time. When children have said the number in their home language, say it in English and have them repeat it after you. Repeat as children gain mastery.

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