Matches Numerals to CollectionsWHOLE NUMBERS

Now and Next

Where are they now?

Matches some number words and symbols to small collections with support

Where to next?

Matches collections, number names and symbols for some numbers in the range 1 to 10

Purpose

Purpose: While at the single digit stage matching numerals to collections may seem to be just a memory exercise, students will not progress even at this level unless they are encouraged to build an understanding that numbers are about 'amount' or quantity - that they are not just about counting sequence. This idea of quantity is what makes mathematics different to other subjects. When learning reading, knowing a sequence of letters that makes a word is of little use unless the meaning of the word is also understood. So too with mathematics, just stating the name of a number symbol is of little use unless there is an understanding of the quantity indicated by the number. With higher numbers, this ability requires a broad understanding of all aspects of whole number including an understanding of the base10 system and place value, counting, magnitude and location.

Resources

Activities where students are encouraged to match and compare written numerals with physical models of numbers, helps students to develop a strong conception of number as a quantity, and helps them learn to 'trust the count'.

 

Linked activitiesLinked Activities

  • download Beehives - 1:1 Correspondence
  • download Beehives - Matching with manipulatives (video activity)
  • download Spin 'n' Cover
  • download Numerals and Collections Memory

AssessmentAssessment

  • download Assessment Points - Matching 1

other resources References to Other Resources

 

 

Activities and Assessments

 

download Beehives - 1:1 Correspondence (video example)

Beehives - 1:1 Correspondence

Adapted from 'Beehive', Developing Efficient Numeracy Strategies Stage 1 page 34. NSW Department of Education and Training, Professional Support and Curriculum Directorate 2003

Focus: Matching the results of a count with a numeral, while reinforcing the idea of one count per item.

How: See Beehives - 1:1 Correspondence sheet and Video Example below

Download Beehives boards
Download Bees template

Video example

video English

video Djambarrpuyŋu

video Kriol


download Beehives - Matching with manipulatives (Video Example)

Beehives - Matching with manipulatives (Video Example) 

Adapted from 'Beehive', Developing Efficient Numeracy Strategies Stage 1 page 34. NSW Department of Education and Training, Professional Support and Curriculum Directorate 2003

Focus: Students determine the number of a collection of counters, checking the count against a numeral

How: See Beehives - Counting with manipulatives sheet as well as Video Example below

Download Beehives boards
Download Bees template

Video example

video English

video Djambarrpuyŋu

video Kriol


download Spin 'n' Cover

Spin 'n' Cover 

Focus: Identifying numerals and matching them wih collections, building the idea that numbers are not just about order, but about quantity.

How: For small groups of around 4 students. Each student is given a collection of counters of a unique colour, for example one student will have green counters, another student blue counters and so on. On each turn, a student spins the spinner provided (or throws a 10 sided die) and locates a square on the game board that matches the numeral indicated on the spinner. The student then places one of their counters on to that square, then passes the spinner to the next player. If there are no unoocupied squares matching the number indicated on the spinner, the student misses a turn. The aim is to be the first to place three counters (of the same colour) in a row, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

Questions to ask students during this activity: "What is that number?", "Can you find a square with that many dots in it?", "How many dots in that square?", "Can you count them?", "Is that number of dots the same as the number on your spinner?"

Download Spin and Cover 1-5 sheet

Download Spin and Cover 1-10 sheet

Spinner (1-5)

Spinner (1-10)


download Numerals and Collections Memory

Numerals and Collections Memory 

Focus: Visualising collections for given numerals helps to consolidate the idea of each numeral representing a specific quantity

How: See Numerals and Collections Memory sheet

Download dot cards 1-10 (patterns)

Download dot cards 1-10 (random arrangement)

Download numeral cards 1-10

download Assessment Points - Matching 1

Assessment Points - Matching 1

Activity based indicators that students have achieved the target understandings

Download Assessment Points - Matching 1 sheet

 

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